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Officials Urge Kentuckians to Prepare for Possible Flooding/Rain from Tropical Storm Cindy

Officials Urge Kentuckians to Prepare for Possible Flooding/Rain from Tropical Storm Cindy

WMSK Staff

June 23rd, 2017

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FRANKFORT, Ky: (June 22, 2017) – Kentucky Emergency Management (KYEM) will be activating its State Emergency Operations Center (SEOC) today at 12:00 at a Level 4 activation in support of Tropical Storm Cindy as it moves into Kentucky overnight.

Initially, moist air moving in from the Gulf of Mexico will enter Kentucky on Thursday and cover the state by Thursday evening, causing potentially heavy local rainfall. A second wave of heavy rain will develop late Thursday night and continue into Friday morning. A third wave of rainfall will cross Kentucky from the remnants of Tropical Storm Cindy. These rains will travel across southern Kentucky Friday night. Overall rainfall total from Thursday through Saturday may range from 2 to 5 inches, with locally higher amounts.

These systems can cause flash flooding of creeks and rivers to rise near flood levels. Officials encourage folks to stay tuned to the weather and be strongly aware of their surroundings due to possible flooding issues.

Safety tips for flooding include “Turn Around, Don’t Drown” – as little as 12 inches of water can move a vehicle off a road or bridge. Also, stay away from downed power lines, especially if they are in standing water or a high area of water. For more preparedness information, go to www.kyem.ky.gov , where you can follow KYEM on Twitter and like us on Facebook.

When posting to social media regarding the rain event, please use #KyWX.

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