The National Weather Service office in Paducah says the entire region is included in a slight risk of severe thunderstorms for Wednesday.
An “enhanced” risk of severe storms covers most of western Kentucky, all of western Tennessee, and parts of extreme southern Illinois and southeast Missouri.
The weather service says the greatest risk is for intense thunderstorms (supercells) to develop around mid-day Wednesday west of the Land Between the Lakes, moving to the northeast during the middle and late afternoon.
The area has the potential for thunderstorms to produce damaging winds and large hail, as well as isolated tornadoes.
The NWS the threat could extend until around 7:00 pm.
Some storms are expected to develop tonight in southeast Missouri and western Kentucky that are not as severe.
TORNADO WATCH 558 REMAINS VALID UNTIL 5 PM CST THIS AFTERNOON FORTHE FOLLOWING AREAS
IN ILLINOIS THIS WATCH INCLUDES 19 COUNTIES
IN SOUTHERN ILLINOIS
ALEXANDER EDWARDS FRANKLIN
GALLATIN HAMILTON HARDIN
JACKSON JEFFERSON JOHNSON
MASSAC PERRY POPE
PULASKI SALINE UNION
WABASH WAYNE WHITE
IN INDIANA THIS WATCH INCLUDES 3 COUNTIES
IN SOUTHWEST INDIANA
GIBSON POSEY VANDERBURGH
IN KENTUCKY THIS WATCH INCLUDES 14 COUNTIES
IN WESTERN KENTUCKY
BALLARD CALDWELL CALLOWAY
CARLISLE CRITTENDEN FULTON
GRAVES HENDERSON HICKMAN
LIVINGSTON LYON MARSHALL
IN MISSOURI THIS WATCH INCLUDES 11 COUNTIES
IN SOUTHEAST MISSOURI
BOLLINGER BUTLER CAPE GIRARDEAU
CARTER MISSISSIPPI NEW MADRID
PERRY RIPLEY SCOTT
THIS INCLUDES THE CITIES OF
WEST FRANKFORT AND WICKLIFFE.