Flood watch extended in eastern Kentucky with ongoing threat of thunderstorms – National

The National Weather Service extended a flood watch through Sunday night for areas of eastern Kentucky hit by flooding more than a week ago, and said the region faces thunderstorms for much of the coming week.

There is a “continued threat of thunderstorms” through Thursday that could result in heavy rain and flash flooding, “particularly when multiple storms pass over the same area,” the Jackson Weather Service said.

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The forecast includes Monday when President Joe Biden and First Lady Jill Biden, along with Kentucky Governor Andy Beshear and his wife Britainy, are scheduled to meet at a Federal Emergency Management Agency state disaster response center in eastern Kentucky to assess the damage examine and meet with those concerned.

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The biggest concern is the possibility of slow-moving storms Tuesday and Wednesday that could bring heavy rain to already saturated ground, said National Weather Service meteorologist Philomon Geertson.

“It’s a wet and succulent pattern that could cause at least a few more isolated flash flooding events and further complicate recovery efforts currently underway,” he said.

Some relief is expected towards the end of the week, Geertson said.

“It looks like high pressure is finally building up and we’re getting some respite from this really wet and muggy air mass that we’ve been dealing with for a couple of weeks now,” he said.

Meanwhile, the federal government promised more aid to flood-stricken eastern Kentucky on Saturday. Biden approved an increase in federal funding for emergency work, and FEMA added five counties to those eligible for individual assistance, for a total of 12.

“This is good news and will be of great help,” Beshear said in a tweet Sunday after visiting some displaced residents staying in state parks since the catastrophic flooding the previous day.


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Floods in Kentucky kill at least 37 people, governor warns of dangerous heat as next weather challenge

“These Kentuckians went through the unimaginable. My priority is to be there for them,” he said.

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At least 37 people were killed in the flooding after 8 to 10 1/2 inches (20 to 27 centimeters) of rain fell in the Appalachian mountain region in just 48 hours. The flooding also hit areas just across the state line in Virginia and West Virginia.

The National Weather Service said radar-based precipitation estimates suggest 14 to 16 inches of rain fell from July 26-29, totals that are “historically unheard of.”

More than 1,300 people were rescued in the days after the storm as teams in boats searched and combed creek banks clogged with debris. Work teams were still trying to restore power and water connections while residents tried to repair their homes and lives after the floods.

Power outages dropped to 300 on Sunday, Beshear tweeted. The death toll stood at 37, but the Kentucky State Police reported at least two people were still missing.

“The devastation is enormous. We will be there for our neighbors in eastern Kentucky in the weeks, months and years to come,” Beshear said.

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