Potential for Severe Storms Saturday, Flooding Threat Continues


If National Weather Service forecasts prove accurate, Owensboro could be facing next week some of the worst flooding it's seen since 1997. The EOC helps divert those calls which are not life-threatening away from 911 dispatchers and still provide residents with timely information.

The National Weather Service in Paducah is estimating a total of 7-8 inches by week's end, and motorists are reminded to use caution when they encounter high water over roads. The low will be around 27, with a west wind of 7 to 13 miles per hour, gusting as high as 23 miles per hour. Temperatures will rise into the lower to middle 50s into the evening, then will fall late tonight as a cold front passes. Some of the storms may be capable of producing damaging winds after midnight. "Most of our closures and high water reports are along mainly rural, secondary highways along the river". An additional 2 to 4 inches of rain is forecast.

The group advises anyone within a flood-prone area to take precautionary measures, including assembling an emergency kit, creating an evacuation plan that includes pets and paying close attention to flood updates and warnings.

Flood warnings have been in effect in Illinois, Indiana and MI, with flood watches in Texas and Arkansas.

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County officials, Mattingly said, are monitoring the situation, but the results of the next week's flood are out of their control.

As of Saturday, the river was measuring about 58 feet. With a lull in the rainfall today, river levels will fall below flood stage this afternoon. The time frame for severe thunderstorms to move through is between 3 p.m. and 9 p.m.

The heaviest rain will move in around lunchtime: 11AM-2PM.

On the warm side of the system, severe weather is forecast from west of Dallas to Little Rock to Nashville on Saturday afternoon.