A second round of volatile weather is headed to the area today and the threat of more tornadoes is a strong possibility.
“It could be just as bad as what we had Wednesday,’’ said Kevin McCormick, a meteorological technician at Fort Knox Weather Operations. “I am sure there will be some sort of tornado watch out in the area. It could be a pretty rough day.’’
Two tornadoes erupted over the area around midday Wednesday, leveling homes and other structures in Hardin and LaRue counties. One person was injured in LaRue County with a severely broken arm.
McCormick expected severe thunderstorms to roll into the area around 11 a.m. today with the most severe weather around 5 p.m., “give or take an hour,’’ he said.
A low pressure system that was forming Thursday in Kansas was expected to move east. When it reaches Kentucky, it will be met with warm, moist air from the south. Temperatures today could reach 70 degrees, McCormick said.
He said there’s about an 80 percent chance the National Weather Service will issue some sort of advisory for harsh weather to hit the region today.
While our area has experienced tornadoes before in the winter, McCormick said having activity twice in such a narrow window of time is hard to imagine.
“I don’t really remember it ever happening before,’’ he said. “Especially with us still, technically, being in winter.’’
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TORNADO SAFETY TIPS
In a house with a basement: Avoid windows. Get in the basement and under some kind of sturdy protection (heavy table or work bench), or cover yourself with a mattress or sleeping bag. Know where very heavy objects rest on the floor above (pianos, refrigerators, waterbeds, etc.) and do not go under them. They may fall through a weakened floor and crush you.
In a house with no basement, a dorm or an apartment: Avoid windows. Go to the lowest floor, small center room (such as a bathroom or closet), under a stairwell, or an interior hallway with no windows. Crouch as low as possible to the floor, facing down; and cover your head with your hands. A bath tub may offer a shell of partial protection. Even in an interior room, you should cover yourself with some sort of thick padding (mattress, blankets, etc.), to protect against falling debris in case the roof and ceiling fail.
In an office building: Go directly to an enclosed, windowless area in the center of the building away from glass and on the lowest floor possible. Then, crouch down and cover your head. Interior stairwells usually are good places to take shelter.
In a mobile home: Get out. Even if your home is tied down, you probably are safer outside, even if the only alternative is to seek shelter in the open. Most tornadoes can destroy tied-down mobile homes; and it is best not to play the low odds that yours will make it. If your community has a tornado shelter, go there. If there is a sturdy permanent building within easy running distance, seek shelter there. Otherwise, lie flat on low ground away from your home, protecting your head. If possible, use open ground away from trees and cars, which can be blown onto you.
In a car or truck: Vehicles are extremely dangerous in a tornado. If the tornado is visible, far away, and traffic is light, you may be able to drive out of its path by moving at right angles to the tornado. Otherwise, park the car as quickly and safely as possible out of traffic lanes. Seek shelter in a sturdy building. If in the open country, run to low ground away from any vehicles and lie flat and face down, protecting the back of your head with your arms.
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