Friday, August 12, 2016

Hazardous weekend driving warned of

The Kentucky Transportation Cabinet is advising motorists to be prepared for hazardous driving conditions over the next several days in anticipation of heavy rain tonight through next Wednesday.

The National Weather Service has issued a Flash Flood Watch for the region from 7 p.m. tonight to 7 a.m. Monday. Rainfall amounts are expected to be from 2 to 6 inches over much of Western Kentucky with totals running in the 4 to 8 inch range in counties along the Missippippi River and Ohio River.

The NWS Paducah Office indicates there is a possibility for flash flooding to damage roadways and cause washouts above and beyond what we have experienced during record rainfall during June and July. Motorists should be alert for debris washed onto roadways and of ponding water on driving surfaces. Special caution is required in flood prone areas.

Remember, Turn Around, Don’t Drown. As little as 6 inches of running water was sweep you off your feet and a foot of running water can push a vehicle off the roadway.  Do not use your cruise control when it is raining.

If you are traveling to the north and west into Missouri, Illinois and Indiana, please be aware those states have the potential for up to 10 inches of rain over the next 5 or 6 days.