FLASH FLOOD RISK HIGHEST OF SUMMER
In a summer known for frequent flood watches but minimal actual flooding events, the wsaz.com area is moving into a precarious weather zone; namely, our climate is about to take on the character of a tropical island in the Caribbean that gets stuck in a daily deluge of rain.
In time, flash flooding is likely to become a weather headline across our region. While the risk seems especially high in Ohio and Central WV as the next 3 days unfold, keep in mind areas of Kentucky are starting out with wetter soil than other areas. That makes the risk of flooding a concern for any area that has multiple downpours from now through Saturday.
Take Wednesday’s weather as a snapshot!
Pre-dawn storms left an early wake up call as they came armed with prolific lightning and downpours as they wandered from Ohio and Kentucky into West Virginia. While the cells weakened on their pass into the Mountain State, the pattern has served notice; namely, there is a fertile breeding ground for storms to form.
So in pipeline fashion these new storms will spill eastward from Indiana through Ohio into Eastern Kentucky and West Virginia. With the atmospheric spigot now opened, it appears it is a matter of when and where flooding occurs as 2”-4” of rain falls during the next 3 days.
To farther drive home the new risk, torrential downpours with lightning galore accompanied storms that moved from Louisville and Cincinnati to Lexington and London Ky. These cells diverted into Tennessee barely kissing Southeast Kentucky.
Late last night heavy storms delayed the Reds game in St Louis as the western side of the pipeline became active.
With air currents blowing from St. Louis along I-64 toward our area, these storms should arrive on Thursday afternoon. There after the saying “any place, any time” holds true for additional downpours.
So expect flood watches to be issued and keep in mind that so far this summer, those watches have been precautionary. Now comes the risk that nuisance street flooding turns into more serious stream flooding with some homes and businesses to be threatened. This as the risk of flooding reaches its highest level of the summer.
As for when and where flooding will occur, that will be a dilemma to be solved only when rains show up on our local radar scope.
For now, if you live in a flood prone area, just keep an eye on radar and naturally have your flood protection plan ready to go if your area gets hit.