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Strong winds, rainfall to continue locally

BY KATHLEEN FOXkfox@paducahsun.com

Severe weather overnight Sunday was to continue into today with the possibility of strong wind gusts, flash flooding and hail.

Meteorologist Jim Packett of the National Weather Service in Paducah said the two time periods most likely to see severe weather are from midnight to 4 a.m. and around midday today. Sunday brought sporadic rain showers and 35 to 45 mph winds early in the afternoon and for several hours after 7 p.m. in Paducah.

There was a flash flood watch in effect Sunday for much of the region, starting in Mount Vernon, Ill., and continuing north through Paducah to Murray that will continue until 7 a.m. Tuesday. Packett said overnight the model will be reanalyzed and could be extended or shifted, according to evolving weather pattens.

"Depending on how quickly the rain falls in a given area and in a certain period of time, some flash flooding is possible," he said.

Packett said the system is due to a warm northern front, a cold western front and a slow moving band of moisture moving across the area. The greater risks for severe weather are to the south in southeast Missouri and Northwest Arkansas.

"There is a slight risk for severe weather but that means there is some potential for hail, damaging winds and tornadoes," he said.

There will be a break in the showers mid-morning today until a second band moves in around noon, which could bring two and a half inches of rain with up to three and a half in other counties until Tuesday morning. Paducah could also see wind gusts up to 60 mph. The severity of the second round of storms could increase or lessen depending on its eastern or western direction, according to Packett.

Rain will continue through Tuesday as the system moves out of the area with sprinkles or light drizzle on Wednesday morning, he said.

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