Live Tornado updates from Lexington, KY

6:29 PM EST – Ok, it looks like we’re in the clear here in Lexington (knock on wood). ¬†Thanks for stopping by and stay safe out there!

6:06 PM EST – A welcome sight!

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6:01 PM EST РBack from a short walk around downtown.  Sun is shining!

5:43 PM EST – Heavy rain and lightning over Lexington now.

5:35 PM EST – I’m still downtown. ¬†Plan on staying here until these storms clear out. ¬†Will continue to report as things develop.

5:17 PM EST РA pic of what is normally rush hour in downtown Lexington, KY after 5 p.m.  Streets are eerily quiet.

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5:02 PM EST РStarting to rain.  Besides a bit of lightning everything seems fairly calm here in Lex, KY.

4:54 PM EST – Well this certainly seemed ominous for a moment.

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4:43 PM EST РTornado warning for Lexington.  Be right back I hope.

4:41 PM EST РAnd so it begins.  Lightning off in the distance.  Sirens going off.

4:33 PM EST РBack from outside.  Not much to report.  Everyone seems to be hurrying home from downtown.  Still windy.

4:19 PM EST – While the view is great from inside this building, I feel disconnected from what’s happening outside. ¬†Headed back out for a bit to check on the wind and temp.

4:16 PM EST РView of the sky over Lexington, KY.  Still not much happening, thankfully.

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3:56 PM EST РHeaded upstairs to check the sky.  Be back.

3:55 PM EST РLooks like everything is passing to the west of Lexington at the moment.  Louisville is getting slammed.  Headed to Cinci.

3:37 PM EST – The amount of tornado warnings and damage reports coming in on twitter is overwhelming.

3:25 PM EST – Going to focus on covering Lexington now. ¬†Hopefully there won’t be much to talk about.

3:23 PM EST РBack from walking around the streets of Lexington, KY.  Getting some strong gusts of wind now.  People are in a hurry, seem tense.

3:00 PM EST – Headed down to the streets for a bit to see what it’s like outside. ¬†Be back shortly.

2:57 PM EST –¬†Paducah, KY now under a¬†#Tornado¬†Warning. Funnel cloud reported by spotters with this storm.

2:52 PM EST – Looks like southern Indiana, just north of Louisville is getting hit hard right now.

2:51 PM EST РStarting to get some fast moving clouds rolling in.  Otherwise not much going on yet in Lexington, KY.

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2:36 PM EST –¬†TWCBreaking:¬†TAKE COVER in the city of Huntingburg, IN. Reports of¬†#tornado¬†on ground. Supercell with history of¬†#damage!¬†http://wxch.nl/z9g5pc¬†[via Twitter]

2:35 PM EST РPic of a funnel cloud in Knoxville, TN http://yfrog.com/nxpmoiij

2:20 PM EST – The sun is out here in Lexington, KY, which isn’t necessarily a good thing. ¬†Calm before the storm.

2:19 PM EST –¬†TWCBreaking:¬†#Tornado¬†warning for far NW suburbs of Indianapolis. Alert/radar:http://wxch.nl/wdmy95¬†[via Twitter]

2:10 PM EST –¬†TWCjerdman:¬†#Louisville¬†metro:¬†#Tornado¬†warned cells to your west in southern Ind. Move to shelter if warnings issued:¬†http://wxch.nl/xM5hOz¬†[via Twitter]

2:09 PM EST –¬†TWCBreaking:¬†Some home/property damage in Cleveland, TN via¬†@Tout¬†and¬†@NathanLewisSAUhttp://www.tout.com/m/d1765w¬†#tornado¬†[via Twitter]

2:07 PM EST –¬†¬†Major¬†#tornado¬†damage in Island Cover Marina in Harrison, TN.¬†http://bit.ly/z5X2nN#tnwx¬†[via Twitter]

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1:59 PM EST – TORCON Value of 9 out of 10. ¬†That’s not very encouraging.

1:53 PM EST – 300 ft wide tornado reported near Poseyville, IN.

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1:45 PM EST РFunnel cloud sighted in Evansville, IN.  Another confirmed tornado moving towards Etowah, TN.

1:44 PM EST РJust got word that The Storm Prediction Center in Norman, OK has issued a Particularly Dangerous Situation (PDS) Tornado Watch for our area effective until 900 PM EST.

Threats involved:

Numerous Tornadoes
Intense Tornadoes Likely
Widespread Damaging Winds
Wind Gusts to 70 MPH Likely
Scattered Large Hail
Hail to 2.5‚ÄĚ in Diameter Likely

Numerical Probabilities Within Watch Area:

Probability of 2 or more tornadoes High (>95%)
Probability of 1 or more strong (EF2-EF5) tornadoes High (80%)
Probability of 10 or more severe wind events High (80%)
Probability of 1 or more wind events exceeding 75 MPH Moderate (60%)
Proability of 10 or more severe hail events High (70%)
Probability of 1 or more hailstones greater than 2 inches Moderate (60%)

Probability of 6 or more combined severe hail/wind events High (>95%)

1:36 PM EST – Damage reports coming in from Chattanooga, TN, Carmi, IL and Athens, AL.

1:32 PM EST – Fayette County, Kentucky schools were dismissed earlier today in anticipation of the high potential for severe storms and/or tornadoes. ¬†I don’t recall that ever happening before. ¬†Also, just noticed the law firm next to me has closed up shop early. ¬†Eerie.

1:26 PM EST – Tornado warning in downtown Knoxville, TN.

1:23 PM EST – Hi folks. ¬†I’ll be posting updates here live throughout the day as an extremely dangerous line of storm cells moves through the states of Alabama, Kentucky, Tennessee, Indiana and Ohio. ¬†I’m located in Lexington, KY. ¬†Hopefully there will be nothing to report on here, but if there is, I’ll have updates.

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