Flash Flood Recap, And A Look Ahead At More Storms

Flash Flood Recap, And A Look Ahead At More Storms

Some hit-or-miss, but locally significant flash flooding occurred in a few areas south of I-64 yesterday. More storms will occur today.
Wednesday, April 4, 2012: Recap of Tuesday's Storms, And A Look Ahead At Today's

Good Wednesday morning, folks.  Yesterday was unseasonably warm, and some parts of our area saw heavy thunderstorms.  The heat and humidity helped trigger the round of severe weather and flooding.

Take a look at yesterday's highs.  We were within a degree or two of records in most areas, but the only actual record broken yesterday was in Jackson, KY.  The record books go back to 1981 in Jackson, and we set a new record yesterday at 84°, breaking the previous record of 83° from April 3rd of 1986.

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The thunderstorms that developed were heavy and they moved very slowly, but many areas stayed dry.  Most of the scattered thunderstorms were to the south of I-64.  Some produced hail, and there were a few reports of wind damage in Kentucky.  Take a look at all of the severe weather reports from the north Texas tornado-producing storms.

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Those who saw rain saw quite a bit, at least in Madison, Letcher, Casey and McCreary Counties.  Letcher County, which is currently under a State of Emergency, saw the worst of it.  Three people were rescued yesterday from Letcher County: 2 from a house, and one from a car, as floodwaters rose.  Here are the flooding reports.

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Additional thunderstorms will develop today as a front very slowly drifts south through the area.  Since the ground is very saturated in some pockets of southern and southeastern Kentucky, the National Weather Service offices in Jackson, KY and Charleston, WV have issued Flash Flood Watches for much of eastern and southeastern Kentucky.  The Flash Flood Watches will continue until late tonight.

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As far as additional severe thunderstorms are concerned, the most likely area for additional wind and hail today will be near and especially south of I-64.  The strongest storms will develop in the middle to late afternoon.

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We'll stay on top of it today at ABC 36.  I'll have a full update on ABC 36 News at Noon and 12:30.

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Have a great day, and stay safe!

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Geoff

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