Flash Flood Recap... And More Ahead For Eastern KY

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Updated: 5/22/2012 10:47 am
Tuesday, May 22, 2012: Flash Flood Recap, More Anticipated For Some in Eastern KY

Good Tuesday morning, folks.

Before we discuss our local weather, this post would be incomplete if we didn't at least acknowledge the recovery and victory the folks of Joplin have been working through over the past year.  It was one year ago today when an EF-5 tornado tore through the "hub city" that my wife and I called home from 2006-2008.  A year ago this evening, approximately a third of the city was wiped out.  The catastrophic tornado killed 161, and injured nearly 1000, including a few of my friends and former coworkers -- they survived and have since returned to their feet, and back to work, thankfully.

An army, not small in number, comprised of locals in southwest Missouri and southeast Kansas, and vanload upon vanload from Kentucky and many other states, have helped Joplin recover and rebuild.  It's a story of restoration and victory, and we keep them in our hearts today and in the years to come.  If you have been involved in the recovery, thank you.

In Kentucky, we had a round of some flash flooding yesterday, a couple of counties east of I-75.  Here are some of the storm reports.

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Aside from the flash flooding, there was a little bit of hail as well as wind.  Numerous reports of "sub-severe" hail came to the weather center from eastern Kentucky, but only one true report of severe-size (1" or larger) hail was filed, from near Slade in Powell County.  This was from the cell that produced the excessive rain at Natural Bridge State Park.  Also, some tree limbs were downed by strong straight-line winds near Camargo in Montgomery County.

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As the thunderstorms slowly roamed eastern Kentucky's hills, Mike Daniels stepped outside in Winchester.  Looking east, he snapped this photo of a rainbow.  Mike is one of our engineers at ABC 36, and he takes care of all things "I.T." from the networking to the servers.

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Courtesy: Mike Daniels

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Thanks, Mike!

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This afternoon, another round of heavy, slow-moving thunderstorms will develop across eastern Kentucky.  This time, the likely area to see the heaviest flash flood-producers should be just a little east of the hardest-hit areas from Monday.  With that said, scattered, slow-moving showers and thunderstorms will be possible late today as far west as I-75.

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In light of this, and as a result of the nearly saturated ground in parts of eastern Kentucky, a Flash Flood Watch is in effect across many of our eastern counties.

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The watch will expire at 10 PM.

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Be safe out there, and keep the folks in Joplin in your thoughts and prayers.

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Geoff

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