Gov. Beshear briefed people ahead of severe storms that are expected to produce damaging winds, isolated tornadoes and excessive rainfall and declared a state of emergency

Louisville, KY – According to the statement, strong to severe storms are possible between noon and 5 p.m. EST, ahead of and along a cold front.

Damaging winds, in addition to severe storms, are expected today, and the strongest winds are expected during the afternoon and early evening.

The heaviest rainfall totals are expected north of the Western Kentucky and Bluegrass parkways.

A tornado watch is in effect for most of Western Kentucky. Isolated hail up to the size of a quarter is possible.

A flood watch is in effect across Southern Indiana and portions of Central Kentucky.

The Governor asked Kentuckians to avoid calling 911 for traffic and weather updates.

The Kentucky State Police requests that if you see or suspect that someone is stranded on the roadways, contact KSP at 800-222-5555.

The Governor also activated the state’s price gouging laws to protect families from grossly overpriced goods and services. With the state of emergency in place, consumers in the commonwealth can report price gouging to the Office of the Attorney General. Under state law, price gougers can be held accountable.

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