High Winds, Severe Storms, Tornado Watch Today

by Todd Mundt on October 26, 2010

The National Weather Service has issued a Tornado Watch until 4pm today for the entire WFPL listening area. A tornado watch means severe thunderstorms are likely, and there could be isolated tornadoes, possibly.

The NWS has also issued a High Wind Advisory until 8pm tonight. Forecasters expect sustained southerly winds of 25 to 35 mph with gusts in excess of 45 mph. There could be some minor tree damage. High profile vehicles on east to west roads should use extra caution as driving may be difficult.

As of 8am, radar shows a line of severe thunderstorms is moving across Indiana and Illinois, entering western Kentucky. This line of storms has a history of producing damaging winds, with one gust measured at 78 mph just south of Saint Louis.

New storms are developing just ahead of this line… and these storms have the potential to produce damaging winds and isolated tornadoes as they mature through the morning hours.

The line is expected to move into the Interstate 65 corridor by 11 am.

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Paul October 26, 2010 at 11:34 am

Disappointed in the way that WFPL dealt with this and other weather/environmental news.
I was hearing sirens long before I heard any reports on the radio about the tornadic weather being present.
Likewise, I smelled smoke and had asthmatic responses from the Ft. Knox fires, but heard nothing on the news.
I rely on PRP as my primary traditional media outlet, but feel like, as the PRP has grown in so many ways, it’s failing on a very basic level.

Rick Howlett October 26, 2010 at 3:00 pm

Paul,

Thanks for your comments.

We relayed the severe weather information as quickly and accurately as possible through our emergency alert system. The announcements feed directly from the National Weather Service the moment the warnings are issued.

As for the smoke from the Ft. Knox fires, we quickly posted a story on our website when an air quality alert was issued Saturday evening, and broadcast the information the following day. We also produced a follow-up story on Monday.

Rick Howlett

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