Storms cause damage across Ohio, Kentucky, Tennessee; millions still face severe weather warnings

A series of destructive storms swept through several states in the Ohio and Tennessee Valleys, causing widespread damage and prompting severe weather warnings across a broad swath of the country, from the Gulf Coast to the Great Lakes.

By mid-afternoon, powerful wind gusts and heavy rainfall had already inflicted significant damage to buildings and infrastructure, leading to road closures and power outages. Particularly hard-hit were large portions of Ohio, Kentucky, and parts of eastern Indiana, where the Storm Prediction Center issued Level 4 warnings, indicating a “moderate” threat level.

Cities such as Cincinnati, Columbus, Dayton, Lexington, and Louisville were all within the zone of high risk. Tornado watches were in effect for central Kentucky and Tennessee, including Nashville, with meteorologists cautioning about the potential for strong and possibly long-lived tornadoes.

Further warnings extended into Alabama and Georgia later in the evening, while additional tornado watches covered parts of western Kentucky, southern Illinois, southwestern Indiana, and southeastern Missouri.

Forecasters highlighted the likelihood of severe thunderstorms throughout the day, with significant threats including intense tornadoes, damaging winds, and large hail. Reports of damage had already emerged from Kentucky, where trees were uprooted and structures were damaged in Lexington and Nicholasville.

In West Virginia, storms produced powerful winds and at least one confirmed tornado in the Charleston area. The storm system continued its eastward trajectory, leaving destruction in its wake. Tragically, in Oklahoma, flooding claimed the life of a woman in Tulsa.

Looking ahead, meteorologists warned of a continued slight risk of severe storms along the East Coast and inland regions on Wednesday, with the potential for hail, damaging winds, and isolated tornadoes from the Chesapeake Bay down to Florida.

Residents in affected areas are advised to stay vigilant, monitor updates from local authorities, and take necessary precautions as the severe weather threat persists.

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