Wednesday, August 5, 2015

Flooding, high winds possible next few days

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The wettest July on record for Crittenden County, according to one weather outlet, appears to be continuing into August.

According to the Kentucky Mesonet weather and climate data monitoring station in the county, July saw almost 9 inches of rains fall, the most since the site started collecting data in June 2009. And heavy rains this first week of August have lead to numerous flash flood watches having been issued in the commonwealth through Friday, according to Kentucky Emergency Management

County emergency management officials are paying particular attention to the weather today and Thursday, when flash flooding is most likely.

Scattered to numerous showers and storms are expected today and tonight as an upper level disturbance and a frontal boundary slowly moves through the area. Any storm will be capable of torrential rainfall, gusty winds and lightning. Heavy rainfall today and tonight may cause flooding issues in areas that have seen the heaviest rains over the last few days.

Periods of showers and thunderstorms are expected to continue through Thursday into very early Friday. Torrential rainfall, gusty winds, and lightning will be the main threats with localized flash flooding possible.

Additional chances of thunderstorms are expected late Sunday through Tuesday as another weather system crosses the region.

Crittenden County Courthouse is open as an emergency shelter during severe weather events. After courthouse hours, Judge-Executive Perry Newcom can be reached at (270) 704-0457 to open the building.