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Tonight's storms threat: What you need to know

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Posted at 10:56 AM, Feb 28, 2017
and last updated 2017-02-28 13:10:31-05

Strong to severe storms move through the Ohio Valley late Tuesday evening and especially overnight. It's important to know what our severe weather risks are and prepare in advance. This is especially the case for storms that could pass while you are asleep.

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It looks like our first round of storms will move in from Indiana late Tuesday/early Wednesday, primarily after midnight. We are still monitoring the latest weather models because a few are trying to bring in this first round of storms before midnight. The majority of weather models are showing a line of storms come in between midnight and 5 a.m.

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These storms could pack damaging winds, torrential downpours and the chance for a few tornadoes. Due to the tornado risk, make sure you have something to wake you up if there's a warning for your location. If you don't have a weather radio, our Storm Shield app is a great tool -- alerts are sent to your smart phone while you sleep, and it'll wake you up for serious weather emergencies.

Tonight's severe weather risks

Heavy rain is also a concern with this system; we could pick up 1.5 to 2 inches of rain in a very short window of time. This will lead to the possibility of localized flooding tonight and into midday Wednesday. This can be incredibly dangerous at night because you often can't see the water covering the road. Proceed with caution and know that we could easily see flooding on the roads. If you do come across flash flooding, turn around and take a different path!

Heavy rain could lead to flash flooding