Kentucky Emergency Management
OFFICIALS URGE AWARENESS AND CAUTION AS A STRONG STORM SYSTEM APPROACHES KENTUCKY

Press Release Date:  Sunday, February 27, 2011  
Contact Information:  Contact: Buddy Rogers Office: 502.607.1611 Cell: 502.382.6006  


FRANKFORT, Ky. (Feb. 27, 2011) - Kentucky Emergency  Management (KYEM) and officials at the National Weather Service (NWS) urge Kentuckians to prepare as a strong storm system is expected to move into the western part of the state late this evening and move northeast across Kentucky on Monday.

This system is capable of producing heavy rains, large hail, high winds and possible strong tornadoes.
According to a statement issued by NWS, the potential for severe weather appears somewhat higher than the previous system that moved through last Thursday.  That system was blamed for fourth deaths in Graves County.

Of particular concern with this storm is the timing, as the greatest risk is during the overnight hours when people are unaware of their situation, unaware of public warnings and are in more vulnerable housing and structures.
Researches conducted by Northern Illinois University showed nighttime tornadoes are twice as likely to kill as daytime tornadoes.

At this time, counties west of Interstate 65 appear to be at the greatest risk, but flood watches and other warnings are likely to be issued as the storm tracks across the Commonwealth.  However, with this and any storm system, severe weather and outbreaks can happen anywhere at any time.  BE AWRE BE PREPARED HAVE A PLAN!

If you encounter water over a roadway, do not attempt to drive through it, please..., STOP TURN AROUND DON'T DROWN!  If you encounter downed power lines, do not approach, call your local emergency management or utility provider and provide the location.

With the ground already saturated, river flooding continues to be a possibility and concern.  If you live along rivers and flood prone areas, be prepared to take appropriate action.  For river level information, go to:
http://www.erh.noaa.gov/er/ohrfc/.  There you can find current river conditions and links to additional weather information.

Stay abreast of the latest weather forecasts and be sure to monitor your NOAA Weather Radio and local broadcast media for weather updates, alerts and important safety messages.  Check on neighbors and family members to make sure they are aware of potential threatning weather and ask if they are able to receive alert warnings.

Links to the NWS website, county weather alerts, weather safety tips and additional information is available at www.kyem.ky.gov/weather.


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