ILLINOIS — The wind advisory issued by the National Weather Service in Paducah remains in effect until 7 tonight.
Forecasters say the strongest winds are expected from mid-morning to late afternoon. Sustained winds will be out of the south to southwest near 30 mph and will gust to 45 to 55 mph at times.
Outdoor items not secured will likely be tossed around or damaged. Vehicular traffic, especially high-profile vehicles, will experience difficult driving conditions at times. There is the potential for a few power outages. Large tree limbs, or even a few trees, may come down due to wet ground conditions.
A wind advisory is issued when sustained winds are expected to reach 30 mph or greater for longer than one hour, or wind gusts are expected to reach 40 mph for any duration.
Thunderstorms will redevelop during the daylight hours, and will increase their potential for strong or severe storms moving into the afternoon hours.
The Storm Prediction Center has a slight risk of severe storms along and east of a line extending from the Wabash river, south through the Land Between the Lakes in western Kentucky, with an enhanced risk just to our east. Damaging winds is the main hazard, and a few tornadoes are possible.
Heavy rain that causes low-area flooding, as well as continued river flooding, remain hazards as well.