This past weekend, my husband was finally able to go out and clean up some of the mess that an April tornado made in our yard. It zipped right through it taking out trees and buildings. Thankfully, our house was spared but man, what a hassle!

It's been, what, a couple of weeks since our last tornado threat. Well, Mother Nature is cookin' again because the NWS is monitoring what they call a "wide-spread severe weather event" later in the week.


Severe Weather Statement from the National Weather Service

Here you go:

This Hazardous Weather Outlook is for portions of southern Illinois, southwest Indiana, western Kentucky, and southeast Missouri.


Thunderstorms today will be scattered with locally heavy rain and lightning the main hazards. Thunderstorms late tonight may include more strong storm potential with gusty winds or hail as well.

Tuesday - Wednesday

Strong to severe storm chances grow Tuesday and Wednesday, with all severe hazards in play. Tuesday looks a little more conditional while Wednesday may offer the best chance for a more widespread severe weather event.


They said in a Facebook post,

On and off periods of showers and thunderstorms will continue through Thursday morning. Severe thunderstorms are possible Tuesday, with even better chances Wednesday, especially during the afternoon and evening hours. Continue to monitor the forecast.

NWS out of Louisville went on to say:

Multiple rounds of strong to severe storms are possible starting tomorrow and continuing into early Thursday morning. Straight line winds, large hail, and tornadoes will be possible with severe storms. Stay weather aware!


Detailed Forecast from the NWS

Showers and thunderstorms likely before 11am, then showers likely and possibly a thunderstorm between 11am and 4pm, then a chance of showers and thunderstorms after 4pm. Mostly cloudy, with a high near 77. Southeast wind 5 to 9 mph becoming southwest in the afternoon. Chance of precipitation is 70%.
A chance of showers and thunderstorms before 10pm, then a slight chance of showers between 10pm and 1am, then a chance of showers and thunderstorms after 1am. Partly cloudy, with a low around 66. Southwest wind 5 to 8 mph becoming south southeast after midnight. Chance of precipitation is 50%.
Showers and possibly a thunderstorm before 1pm, then a chance of showers and thunderstorms after 1pm. High near 82. Breezy, with a southwest wind 11 to 20 mph, with gusts as high as 31 mph. Chance of precipitation is 90%.
Tuesday Night
A 30 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms before 1am. Partly cloudy, with a low around 65. Southwest wind 6 to 10 mph.Wednesday
A slight chance of showers before 10am, then a slight chance of showers and thunderstorms between 10am and 1pm, then showers likely and possibly a thunderstorm after 1pm. Partly sunny, with a high near 83. South wind 6 to 15 mph, with gusts as high as 23 mph. Chance of precipitation is 70%.Wednesday Night
Showers and possibly a thunderstorm before 1am, then a chance of showers and thunderstorms after 1am. Low around 64. South southwest wind 14 to 18 mph, with gusts as high as 29 mph. Chance of precipitation is 90%.

Be Prepared

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Have an Emergency Kit

Here's what recommends having in a kit.

  • Water (one gallon per person per day for several days, for drinking and sanitation)
  • Food (at least a several-day supply of non-perishable food)
  • Battery-powered or hand crank radio and a NOAA Weather Radio with tone alert
  • Flashlight
  • First aid kit
  • Extra batteries
  • Whistle (to signal for help)
  • Dust mask (to help filter contaminated air)
  • Plastic sheeting and duct tape (to shelter in place)
  • Moist towelettes, garbage bags and plastic ties (for personal sanitation)
  • Wrench or pliers (to turn off utilities)
  • Manual can opener (for food)
  • Local maps
  • Cell phone with chargers and a backup battery

Additional Emergency Supplies

Consider adding the following items to your emergency supply kit based on your individual needs:

  • Soap, hand sanitizer and disinfecting wipes to disinfect surfaces
  • Prescription medications. About half of all Americans take a prescription medicine every day. An emergency can make it difficult for them to refill their prescription or to find an open pharmacy. Organize and protect your prescriptions, over-the-counter drugs, and vitamins to prepare for an emergency.
  • Non-prescription medications such as pain relievers, anti-diarrhea medication, antacids or laxatives
  • Prescription eyeglasses and contact lens solution
  • Infant formula, bottles, diapers, wipes and diaper rash cream
  • Pet food and extra water for your pet
  • Cash or traveler's checks
  • Important family documents such as copies of insurance policies, identification and bank account records saved electronically or in a waterproof, portable container
  • Sleeping bag or warm blanket for each person
  • Complete change of clothing appropriate for your climate and sturdy shoes
  • Fire extinguisher
  • Matches in a waterproof container
  • Feminine supplies and personal hygiene items
  • Mess kits, paper cups, plates, paper towels and plastic utensils
  • Paper and pencil
  • Books, games, puzzles or other activities for children

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