Louisville may be hit with damaging winds and isolated tornadoes late Thursday.
Storms are expected in Louisville between 10 p.m. and 2 a.m. Friday, said Brian Schoettmer, a meteorologist for the National Weather Service in Louisville.
The greatest threat is strong wind—wind gusts may reach 70 miles per hour, the National Weather Service said. Louisville is already under a wind advisory effective until 2 a.m. Friday.
Other issues may be flooding. As much as two inches of rain may fall, leading to flooding in low-lying areas and places that customarily flood. The heavy rain may also be trouble for late-night motorists.
Tornadoes are possible, but they won’t likely be the long-lasting sort, Schoettmer said.
The line of storms is expected to weaken as it moves east. The strength of the storm when it hits the Louisville area will depend on the timing, Schoettmer said.
“If you look at a national map of radar, you’ll see there’s a line of storms basically from Michigan down to the Gulf of Mexico, and that’s going to move east,” he said.
“There’s no way around it—100 percent chance we’ll get rain tonight. The big question is, just, how strong the winds will be with this line of storms as it moves through.”
Because the storm is expected at night, Schoettmer suggested checking a forecast before turning in for the night—just so you don’t risk sleeping through hazardous weather.
“That way you know where the storms are at and maybe you’ll want to stay up or set your alarms for that time and go to a safe place,” he said.