Potential Severe Thunderstorms and Flooding For West KY and Southern IL This Weekend
A flash flood warning has been issued for the Kentucky counties of McCracken, Ballard, Carlisle, Hickman and Fulton. And the Illinois counties of Massac and Pulaski.
The rest of the western Kentucky and southern Illinois is under a flash flood watch as a warm front moves through the region. The National Weather service in Paducah said the front could cause potential tornado formations, thunderstorms and heavy rain. There will be some clear weather tomorrow as the front heads north, but will be followed by a cold front that will cause more showers and storms Saturday night and Sunday. Meteorologist Rachel Trevino said the area is already at risk for flooding following recent rain.
“We’re saturated from the lakes westward. And we could see anything from 2 or 3 inches some at local areas with strong thunderstorms- we could also see areas with 4 or 5 inches around west Kentucky.” Trevino said.
Trevino says west Kentucky and southern Illinois will also be at risk for potential damaging winds and hail. The National Weather Service is encouraging people to stay alert and avoid activities that are near low-lying streams.