Tracking The Flood Threat

Good Thursday, everyone. Tropical moisture is streaming into the bluegrass state today, setting the stage for rounds of heavy rain and thunderstorms. These rounds will put down hefty rain totals and that’s likely to cause some flooding issues through early Saturday.

Here’s a breakdown of how all this may play out:

  • The first round of heavy rain and storms will move in from south to north today. This round may drop 1″-2″ of rain in some areas of central and western Kentucky. Eastern Kentucky may not see much rain today.
  • The remnants of Tropical Storm Cindy will zip in here Friday into Friday night. This may still be classified as a weak depression across southern Kentucky. This is neat to watch…

  • As this moves in, VERY HEAVY rains will be located along and to the north of the track. Friday through Friday night can drop 1″-4″ of additional rains.
  • Between now and Saturday morning, some 5″+ rain amounts will be possible. Here’s my current thinking…

  • The flood threat will be very high during this time, so please keep a close eye on water levels.

The rain will end quickly from east to west by Saturday morning. Much cooler air then moves in for the weekend into the first half of next week. A few showers will be possible at some point Monday or Tuesday. Highs will likely stay in the 70s for several days in a row.

I have you all set to track Cindy and the current rains across our region…

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I will have the latest updates on WKYT-TV starting at 4pm. Have a great day and take care.


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8 Responses to Tracking The Flood Threat

  1. Schroeder says:

    Thanks Chris, for tracking tropical storm Cindy for all of us. We shall wait for those rainfall totals. Have a great day everyone.

  2. Coffeelady says:

    Thanks Chris. Well we have a muggy meter, now it looks like we need a soggy meter as well. Brought out the boots today, and it looks like I will need them at work for the next few days. Please keep eyes and ears open and stay alert to changing weather conditions. Appreciate all that you do Chris. Stay safe, weather buddies, and have a great Friday Eve!

  3. Virgil says:

    Flooding, one of the biggest weather related killers in Kentucky. Yet one of the easiest of disasters to avoid. Turn Around Don’t Drown. Keep an eye on water levels and seek higher ground. Considering all the rain we have had over the last several weeks, 5 inches of rain in a 48 hour period could prove very significant.

  4. TennMark says:

    Moderate rain now falling in Nashville TN, rain gauge says 0.07 inch so far but surely this will be just the tip of the proverbial iceberg. My in-laws in Bowling Green are glad the g-r-a-s-s was cut yesterday.

    So far all the lightning is much closer to the Gulf Coast. The SPC says both damaging wind and hail threats are very low. There is a small tornado risk with brief weak spin ups from the remnants of Cindy. But as Chris Bailey has been pounding home for days, the flood risk is indeed very high. Stay safe everyone!

  5. Mike S says:

    Flash Flood Watch for western Ky. I feel confident flash flood/areal flood watches to be issued for much of our region soon. Some parts of the state may be able to handle a prolonged period of soaking rain, but the southeastern part of the state is a no-brainer in my opinion, especially since a consistent theme has been 3-5″ in many of the forecasts I’ve seen.

  6. Andy Rose says:

    I have already equaled the amount of rain we got last weekend when we had a flash flood watch. Where is the watch 😀

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