A line of severe thunderstorms — some bringing "isolated destructive hurricane-force winds" and "isolated tornadoes" — was expected to sweep across Kentucky early Wednesday, according to a special weather statement issued by the National Weather Service.
"Significant wind damage" was said to be possible from the hurricane-force winds of 70 to 80 mph, the weather service said. While those conditions were expected to be isolated, the weather service also said there was a likelihood of wind damage from winds of about 60 mph.
There was also the possibility of large hail or "brief torrential rainfall" of 1 to 1.5 inches in some of the storms.
The storms were expected to reach the Lexington area around 2 or 3 a.m.
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The weather service issued a tornado watch through 5 a.m. for much of the state, including Fayette and surrounding counties.
Lexington might see some lingering showers and storms Wednesday morning, and Wednesday afternoon should be partly cloudy. Highs in the upper 60s and lows in the 40s are expected for Wednesday and Thursday.
From Thursday night through early next week, there could be additional scattered thunderstorms.