Temperatures once again climbed into the mid to upper 90s across the region ahead of a cold front that moved into the Midwest Thursday. This front caused plenty of instability in the atmosphere, as the satellite image indicates below, with multiple rotations noted in the flow from northern Oklahoma to northern Indiana.
Storms fired off later in the afternoon within the hot and humid airmass ahead of these features. These storms provided some much needed rainfall across central Kentucky, but came with damaging wind gusts, small hail, and intense cloud to ground lightning. The image below displays severe weather reports received by the National Weather Service from these storms. The text version of these reports can be found here.
The radar loops below represent the storms as they initiated and progressed through the forecast area. The first loop runs from mid afternoon to 8 PM EDT and the second loop follows that time until the storms were no longer severe.