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Tornado watch is in effect until 9 p.m.

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Thunderstorms, hail likely this afternoon

By The Staff

The National Weather Service has issue a tornado watch until 9 p.m. for most Kentucky counties, including Marion County.

A tornado watch is issued when conditions are favorable for the development of tornadoes. 

This comes after the weather service issued a hazardous weather outlook earlier today, March 23. The weather service is predicting that thunderstorms, large hail and damaging winds are all likely this afternoon.

According to information provided by the Kentucky Division of Emergency Management, a strong cold front is expected to move into the region this afternoon. Isolated tornadoes are possible ahead of the squall line, which is expected to reach the area between 2 and 5 p.m.

The weather service is predicting showers and thunderstorms are likely after 2 p.m. These storms may bring hail and west winds between 17 and 20 miles per hour, with gusts around 30 miles per hour.

The National Weather Service predicts a 70 percent chance of precipitation with rainfall between one-tenth and one-quarter inch, and more in areas that are affected by thunderstorms.

After 8 p.m., the weather service is predicting mostly cloudy conditions with a 60 percent chance of rain.