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Thunderstorm warnings issued for early morning storms

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Dangerous winds, heavy rain push through region

The ongoing series of heavy showers spawned new threats early this morning.

The National Weather Service issued a number of thunderstorm warnings, including two covering portions of Hardin County and LaRue County. Over the course of the predawn hours, warnings also were issued for Grayson, Hart, Green, Nelson and Bullitt counties.

After the storm crossed Interstate 65 around 4 a.m., some portions intensified. Tornado warnings were issued for Nelson, Spencer and Washington counties before daybreak. Earlier in the morning another edge of the storm led to a tornado warning in Logan County along the Tennessee line.

The thunderstorm warnings were an upgrade from a thunderstorm watch, initially in effect until 6 a.m. EDT but lifted about 4:20 a.m. The weather service says heavy rain and high winds were produced by the storm.

Mesonet weather station readings report winds as high as 58 miles per hour in Leitchfield and 40 mph gusts in Cecilia plus sustained winds of 30 mph. The new rain total was a modest three-tenths of an inch. The Mesonet total for April now exceeds 12 inches.

Forecasters say continual weather threats could occur through Thursday with more storm fronts and hazardous conditions developing.

Any rain will complicate flooding issues. Saturated soils will result in most of the rain becoming part of runoff headed for low-lying areas and adding to the challenge for area streams and rivers. The flood warning for the region extends into Friday.