Hurricanes, tropical storms and their remains can still cause problems within the state. Even if the center of a tropical storm or hurricane does not directly hit the state, the indirect effects can still have significant impacts. The heavy rain and strong winds can extend over 100 miles from the eye of the storm, and even the remains of a tropical system can still cause damage.
You can learn more about the tropical depressions, tropical storms, and hurricanes that have impacted Kentucky by exploring the Historic Hurricane Track Tool, provided by NOAA.
In September 2008, the remnants of Hurricane Ike combined with a cold front to produce hurricane force winds over portions Western Kentucky. The wind gusts up to 75 mph were the result of the strong pressure gradient and not a result of any thunderstorm activity. There was little to no rainfall reported in the state that was associated with Hurricane Ike.