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Eastern Kentucky braces for flooding and thunderstorm threats

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

A slow front across the eastern United States will bring heavy rain and thunderstorms to the Ohio Valley and the Northeast.

According to FOX Weather, most places can expect 1 to 3 inches of rain over the next few days, but higher amounts of 3 to 5 inches are possible.

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

KENTUCKY GOVERNMENT BESHEAR, BIDEN TO MEET AFTER DEADLY FLOOD

The heaviest rainfall is expected Saturday over the Appalachians, from western Virginia to northern Georgia.

Flash flooding is possible here and any storm will be capable of producing torrential rains, lightning and high winds.

At a news conference on Friday, Kentucky Gov. Andy Beshear warned residents that the storms could bring flash flooding, with more rain expected next week.

“The ground is already really saturated, and there’s a lot of debris that could clog waterways and cause flooding,” he said. “If we have a strong wind it could cause damage. So everyone needs to be aware of the weather tonight and Saturday.”

The state has moved past the initial search and rescue phase, but two people are still missing.

KENTUCKY STORMS CAUSE FLOOD WARNING ISSUE THROUGH SUNDAY

There have been 37 confirmed deaths from the extreme weather in five counties.

Heat is also a concern, and nine cooling stations have been opened in affected counties.

Nearly 400 members of the National Guard were supporting the flood relief 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 sewage systems have all decreased.

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


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