Severe Thunderstorm Watch for Bell, Clay, Harlan, Jackson, Knox, Laurel, Leslie, McCreary, Pulaski, Rockcastle, Wayne and Whitley County until 11 p.m. While the worst of the weather held off this afternoon, it looks like we will still see some strong storms later tonight, generally between 8 p.m. and midnight. These storms will likely feature strong winds and hail, with heavy rain and an isolated tornado (mainly possible in the Cumberland Valley/I-75 corridor) being the secondary threats. Keep it locked here for the latest.
Law enforcement officials and first responders in Harlan County say they are struggling to connect over the radio.
Officials say there are gaps in the county's E-911 radio system, and Emergency Management officials say they are waiting on federal funding to purchase a new radio tower to solve the problem.
The tower will be placed on Big Black Mountain in Lynch.
Officials say it would extend the radio and cell service range in the county, which is often a problem.
“It's a problem area for the Lynch Police definitely, the Sheriff's office and also Lynch Fire Department, and then like I said Holmes’ Mill has some dead areas as well,” David McGill, Emergency Management Director.
McGill expects the radio tower to be up by the end of next year.