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Another Round Of T-Storms Today... & Friday

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Updated: 7/19/2012 1:01 pm
Thursday, July 19, 2012: Another Round Of Heavy-Hitting Thunderstorms Today... & Friday (For Some)

Good Thursday morning, folks!  It has been a BUSY time in the weather department over the past few days, and the beat will go on, today and tomorrow.  Another round of strong to severe thunderstorms will impact central and eastern Kentucky this afternoon, and yet another round will be possible tomorrow in the southern half of the area.

Before we look ahead, here are yesterday's storm reports.  There were lots of reports of wind damage, with the most significant coming from Nelson County, to the west of the Bluegrass.  A barn and two mobile homes were seriously damaged by strong straight-line winds.  Elsewhere, there were many reports of trees down, scattered across Kentucky.

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As we mentioned yesterday, Flemingsburg was hit very hard with 5" of rain with a morning thunderstorm.  Other areas had very heavy rain with flash flooding as well.  In Knott County, water rescues needed to be done yesterday afternoon, with people stranded or trapped in homes and cars.  Weak winds aloft didn't push the storms along very well, so it took a long time for storms to cross any given location, and flash flooding developed.

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Among the major reporting sites, here are the numbers.

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... and over the past 36 hours, some parts of the drought-stricken Midwest have benefited from heavy rain.

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On the heels of the very heavy rain across southeastern Kentucky, the National Weather Service has issued a Flash Flood Watch for the mountains and coalfields.  The Watch will run until Friday evening, when the cold front will finally push south, ending the thunderstorm threat.

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Also, northern Kentucky remains under a Heat Advisory, with air temperatures soaring into the lower 90s (apart from thunderstorms).  The high humidity will add to the impact of the heat, driving our heat index to near 100° this afternoon.

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The severe threat today will run through the afternoon and into the early evening.  Flash flooding, lightning, straight-line winds and hail are today's hazards.

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Tomorrow's severe threat will generally be limited to areas near and south of I-64, as the cold front will slowly shift south, from Ohio into Tennessee.  The severe threat will end when the front crosses any given location.

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Stay weather-aware today!  We'll have you covered on ABC 36.

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Geoff


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