Chronology of the storms

TUESDAY AT 10:00PM: Chief Meteorologist Jeff Lyons explains why he thinks THIS spring severe weather season could be worse than the past couple of years.

Watch it Tuesday at 10:00pm only on 14 NEWS, the Tri-State's News and Weather Leader.

Update, 6:50 pm Tues: The storms have entered the Tri-State. Have your weather radios on and stay tuned to 14 News for the latest information.

Update, 5:45 pm Tues: The National Weather Service Storm Prediction Center has three confirmed tornado reports in connection with the storms in Memphis and Little Rock (the same cell heading our direction). They are also have 43 reports of hail damage, and 10 reports of wind damage.

Update, 4:55 pm Tues: The tornado watch is in effect until midnight for the entire Tri-State. Strong, long-lived tornadoes, 70 mph winds and large hail are possible across the tornado watch area.

The line of severe storms should pass through the Tri-State between 8 pm and midnight. A few isolated severe storms may pop up before that time.

Update, 3:40 pm Tues: The storms are moving up out of Missouri and Arkansas and will swing east tonight, bringing in severe weather in the evening and overnight.

Update, 3pm Tue: The National Weather Service is taking the Tuesday storm situation very seriously.

The Tri-State has been placed at a high risk for severe weather. A tornado watch has been issued for much of the Tri-State.

14 First Alert chief meteorologist Jeff Lyons says they had a conference call with the NWS Paducah office Tuesday afternoon. Jeff says they're expecting a few storms to pop up with the afternoon heating.

However, Jeff says the main event is shaping up to come in the night time hours. Right now, the likely time is 11pm-2am CST.

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Update, 11:45am Tue: Round one of expected storms Tuesday has prompted numerous flash flood warnings across the Tri-State.

14 First Alert meteorologist Byron Douglas says a widespread severe weather outbreak is brewing across the Midwest and Southern Plains states.

Byron says we can expect another round in the Tri-State later Tuesday afternoon, with a third round of severe weather possible Tuesday evening.

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Update, 6:30am Tue: We're beginning to get damage reports from round one of the expected Tuesday storms.

There are reports of power outtages in Evansville in the Mesker Park Zoo area.

On Highway 62 near the Tennyson turnoff, there is a power pole across the westbound lane near the Coonhunter Club blocking all westbound traffic.

There is a report of a tree on fire in the 1600 block of Thompson in Evansville. The stoplight is out at Vann and Bellemeade Avenues. You should treat it as a four way stop.

Update, 6am Tue: 14 First Alert meteorologist Byron Douglas says there is a Severe Thunderstorm Warning for Warrick and Spencer Counties in southwest Indiana, and Henderson and Daviess counties in western Kentucky.

Byron says we can expect three rounds of storms Tuesday. Round one is moving through right now, with round two expected early afternoon, and round three Tuesday evening.

Update, 3am Tue: Thunder is rumbling over parts of the Tri-State early Tuesday morning, as we start round one of what could be a nasty severe weather day.

14 First Alert chief meteorologist Jeff Lyons says as a strong cold front hits our unseasonably warm, humid air over the Tri-State Tuesday, strong storms are possible.

Meteorologist: Jeff Lyons
New Media Producer: Nick Storm

Update 8:00 pm Mon: The next 48 hours will bring the threat of flooding rainfall, severe thunderstorms and tornadoes to the Tri-State.

The entire region is in a moderate risk for severe storms on Tuesday. The storm prediction center is forecasting an outbreak of severe weather Tuesday afternoon and evening.

Temperatures will spike near 70 on Tuesday before the colder air crashes in with the cold front. Highs on Wednesday will only get up to 45.

Meteorologist: Byron Douglas

UPDATE 12:30PM MON: The National Weather Service has put the Tri-State under a slight risk for severe storms Monday night, and a moderate risk for Tuesday.

The reason is a strong cold front headed our way. 14 First Alert meteorologist Byron Douglas says the great chance for severe weather will be Tuesday afternoon and evening.

EARLIER: As a frontal system approaches the quad state region thunderstorms are possible Monday afternoon and evening.

Late Monday north and west of a line from Owensboro to Fulton, Kentucky there is a slight chance that some storms may become severe with damaging winds and large hail being the primary threats along with a small chance of tornadoes.

A slight risk of severe thunderstorms will exist across the entire outlook area on Tuesday with a moderate risk of severe thunderstorms generally south and east of the Ohio River.

Byron says he expects the National Weather Service to issue a tornado or thunder storm watch late Tuesday afternoon or evening.

Widespread damaging winds are expected to be the primary hazard however the potential also exists for a few long track tornadoes along or ahead of the storm front.

Locally heavy rains will also be likely Monday into Tuesday, which could lead to flooding of low lying and poorly drained areas.

The area of greatest concern will be across southeast Missouri and southern Illinois where the ground is already saturated due to recent snow melt.