Red Flag Warning expires at 6:00 PM on 4/20, issued at 1:38 PM Athol, KY | Beattyville, KY | Bethany, KY | Campton, KY

Flooding Problems Increasing as Rain Continues

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Updated: 12/02/2011 4:34 pm

Good Monday morning, everybody. I hope you’ve had a great Thanksgiving weekend.

The soaking rain we discussed in Saturday’s update has been DRENCHING central Kentucky, and it contines to fall this Monday.

Here’s a look at our rainfall totals so far through 9 AM today. More than 2″ have fallen in Lexington already. So far, eastern Kentucky has seen less rain, although very wet times are ahead for those of you in the east.

RainfallToday

On a wider scale, torrential rain has drenched some of our neighboring states to the south. The center of surface low pressure continues to drift north from Georgia. Meanwhile, the center of low pressure aloft continues to wobble over SW Tennessee and Mississippi. Huntsville, AL has had more than 2.5″.

Regional Rainfall Totals

A Flash Flood Watch is in effect across central, southern and east-central Kentucky through today, tonight and into tomorrow. Flood Warnings are in effect for Bourbon, Nicholas and Robertson Counties.

Flood Alerts

At this point, two of the more significant waterways in the Bluegrass Region are expected to climb above flood stage. In Paris, the Stoner Creek will likely climb about a foot above flood stage tonight before falling back below flood stage around midweek. Farther northeast, the Licking River will continue a rapid rise, and it will likely climb above flood stage by Tuesday, creasting at least a foot above flood stage before falling later this week.

River Gauges

Here are a couple of additional reports of heavy rain and flooding from the past few hours, from southern and eastern Kentucky.

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For forecast details, head over to our primary weather page. A few Tuesday evening / Wednesday morning snowflakes will still be possible! (By the way, the “snowfall winners” with this sytem are in northern Mississippi and southwestern Tennessee! They’re under the core of the upper level low… pretty amazing stuff for late November!)

Thanks for stopping by!

Geoff

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