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LaRue County experienced a pair of severe thunderstorm warnings Sunday evening. The county also remains under a tornado watch issued by the National Weather Service.
The first alert lasted more than 30 minutes before expiring at 8 p.m. as the fast-moving storm front passed east through the county. A second alert was issued shortly after 8 when a line of storm pushed north from Hart County.
Green, Taylor, Meade, Oldham, Jefferson, Breckinridge, Butler, Logan, Spencer and Trimble counties also experienced severe thunderstorm warnings Sunday. Damaging hail, frequent lightning strikes and winds in excess of 55 mph have been reported.
The tornado watch issued Sunday afternoon initially did not include LaRue County. But as the storm system passed by, the area was expanded and moved further east. The National Weather Service extended the alert to 1 a.m. and expanded it to cover more than 40 Kentucky counties.
The changing weather conditions can create volatile conditions across the area this evening.
Residents are urged to be prepared to act if weather conditions worsen, including taking shelter in the lowest level of your home or an interior room.
The arrival of spring frequently brings rapidly changing weather conditions which spur severe weather.
Cold weather will follow this storm system. The high Sunday in the mid-70s will be followed with temperatures in the 30s throughout the day tomorrow. Monday's forecast from The Weather Channel includes a chance of snow showers.
Visit The Weather Channel online for local conditions and information any time by clicking on the link on the home page of www.laruecountyherald.com.