Eastern Kentucky braces for flooding, thunderstorm threats

Eastern Kentucky braces for flooding, thunderstorm threats

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Areas of Kentucky impacted by historic flooding are once again being threatened by a weekend of wet weather. 

A slow-moving front across the eastern U.S. will bring heavy rain and thunderstorms to the Ohio Valley and the Northeast. 

According to FOX Weather, most locations can expect one to three inches of rain over the coming days, but higher amounts upwards of three to five inches are possible. 

The National Weather Service (NWS) has issued Flood Watches for much of the Bluegrass State as well as parts of Ohio, Virginia and West Virginia. 

The heaviest rainfall is expected on Saturday over the Appalachians from western Virginia into northern Georgia. 

There were 37 confirmed fatalities from the extreme weather in five counties.

Heat is also a concern and nine cooling stations were opened in affected counties. 

Nearly 400 National Guard members were supporting the flood efforts

Power outages, the number of service connections without water, the number of service connections under Boil Water Advisories and the number of limited and non-operational wastewater systems were all down.

On Monday President Biden and the first lady are scheduled to travel to eastern Kentucky, where they will join Beshear to visited families and survey recovery efforts.

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Last Update: Sat, 06 Aug 22 12:03:46