Residents of the Appalachian region should avoid making outside plans for Friday and this weekend as National Weather Service forecasters are predicting former Tropical Storm Cindy, now a tropical depression, to enter our region Friday evening and into the night.
Meteorologists at the National Weather Service’s office in Jackson, Kentucky have issued a “Hazardous Weather Outlook” for multiple mountain localities, warning “This afternoon and tonight, thunderstorms are possible — A few of the storms could produce heavy rainfall.”
In preparation of the upcoming deluge, the Kentucky Emergency Management (KYEM) activated the State Emergency Operations Center (SEOC) today at 12:00 at a Level 4 activation in support of Tropical Storm Cindy as it moves into Kentucky overnight.
Initially, moist air moving in from the Gulf of Mexico will enter Kentucky on Thursday and cover the state by Thursday evening, causing potentially heavy local rainfall. A second wave of heavy rain will develop late Thursday night and continue into Friday morning. A third wave of rainfall will cross Kentucky from the remnants of Tropical Storm Cindy. These rains will travel across southern Kentucky Friday night. Overall rainfall total from Thursday through Saturday may range from 2 to 5 inches, with locally higher amounts.
These systems can cause flash flooding of creeks and rivers to rise near flood levels. Officials encourage folks to stay tuned to the weather and be strongly aware of their surroundings due to possible flooding issues.
The tropical storm has already claimed the life of one, a 10-year-old boy, who died from injuries sustained during the storm in Fort Morgan, Alabama.
At least five tornadoes have been spawned by the storm, two in the Florida Panhandle, two near Biloxi, Mississippi, and one in in Onycha, Alabama.
The severe wind associated with the storm have also caused several trees to fall.
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