Accuweather: Severe storms, damaging wind and large hail tonight

Graphic by the National Weather Service

Take care, Louisville.

According to Accuweather, there is a 95 percent chance of severe storms this afternoon and tonight. Around 4 p.m., a line of storms will move into the area from the south and west and develop and move throughout the evening. Storms could contain damaging winds with gusts upward of 60 mph, hail as large as one inch or more and downpours. There is also a threat of tornadoes.

The threat diminishes after 1 a.m. as the storms exit east central Kentucky.

Areas west of Frankfort (including Louisville and Elizabethtown) are at an “enhanced risk” of severe weather. East of Frankfort is at a “slight risk.”

Today’s high is 75, which is 12 degrees higher than average. Tonight the temperatures will drop to 53, 11 degrees higher than average. Friday will be cooler, in the high 50s, with occasional showers. The weather will clear up over the weekend.

The only good way to protect your car from hail is to park it under a shelter like a garage or carport. But car covers can help as well. According to Progressive Insurance, hail causes $1 billion in damage to crops and property each year.