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Strong wind and hail possible during storms in northeastern Kentucky Thursday

National Weather Service Jackson

Forecasters are warning that severe weather is possible Thursday evening. A hazardous weather outlook is in place for the eastern Kentucky region, with severe storms capable of producing hail, damaging winds, and a brief tornado. Thunderstorms are also possible Friday, as well as Sunday through Wednesday. This system follows last week’s tornadoes and strong winds that swept through the region.

Alex Vorst is a meteorologist with the National Weather Service in Jackson. He said the special weather statement is not a wind advisory, but people in the region should still exercise caution.

“With this system, there is also going to be pretty strong, pretty gusty winds this afternoon. Our special weather statement is saying, ‘Hey, it’s going to be windy’, but not quite windy enough to where it’s going to justify a wind advisory,” said Vorst.

Forecasters said winds will be blowing west as high as 35 miles per hour.

“High-profile vehicles are going to be most susceptible to these stronger winds. It’s really going to be blowing north and south-oriented roadways, that’s the big thing. So, if you’re traveling north or south, like I-75,” said Vorst.

The Morehead area is classified at “slight risk” for severe weather. Vorst said cities in northeast parts of the state are at greater risk for these potentially hazardous storms.