From the WSAZ First Warning Weather Center... The National Weather Service has issued a Flash Flood Warning for the counties of Floyd, Johnson, Martin, Morgan and Pike in Kentucky until 3:00 AM Saturday... FLASH FLOOD WARNING FOR... EXTREME EAST CENTRAL MORGAN COUNTY IN SOUTHEAST KENTUCKY... JOHNSON COUNTY IN NORTHEAST KENTUCKY... MARTIN COUNTY IN NORTHEAST KENTUCKY... NORTH CENTRAL PIKE COUNTY IN SOUTHEAST KENTUCKY... NORTHERN FLOYD COUNTY IN SOUTHEAST KENTUCKY... UNTIL 300 AM EDT SATURDAY AT 849 PM EDT...NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE DOPPLER RADAR INDICATED THAT TWO TO THREE INCHES OF RAIN HAD FALLEN NEAR THE PRESTONSBURG AREA IN THE PAST HOUR...WITH THREE AND A HALF TO FOUR INCHES OF RAIN ESTIMATED TO HAVE FALLEN SINCE 7 PM EDT. RUNOFF FROM THIS EXCESSIVE RAINFALL AND ADDITIONAL HEAVY RAIN ACROSS THE ENTIRE WARNING AREA WILL CONTINUE TO LEAD TO FLASH FLOODING INTO THE EARLY MORNING HOURS OF SATURDAY. THUNDERSTORMS WITH HEAVY RAINFALL CONTINUE TO MOVE REPEATEDLY ACROSS THESE SAME LOCATIONS. THIS IS A FLASH FLOOD EMERGENCY FOR NORTHERN FLOYD COUNTY. SOME LOCATIONS THAT WILL EXPERIENCE FLOODING INCLUDE...INEZ... PAINTSVILLE...PRESTONSBURG...ALLEN...ALLEN CITY...ALPHORETTA... ALVIN...ANDY...ARKANSAS...AUXIER...BAKER...BAMMER...BARNETTS CREEK...BARNROCK...BAYS BRANCH...BEAUTY...BEAVER JUNCTION... BLAIR...BLUE RIVER...BOBBS...BONANZA...BOONS CAMP...BRADBURY... BRAINARD...BUFFALO...CALF CREEK...CHANDLERVILLE...CHESTNUT...CLIFF AND COALPOINT. PRECAUTIONARY/PREPAREDNESS ACTIONS... BE ESPECIALLY CAUTIOUS AT NIGHT WHEN IT IS HARDER TO RECOGNIZE THE DANGERS OF FLOODING. IF FLASH FLOODING IS OBSERVED ACT QUICKLY. DO NOT ENTER THE WATER. TURN AROUND AND MOVE UP TO HIGHER GROUND TO ESCAPE FLOOD WATERS. DO NOT STAY IN AREAS SUBJECT TO FLOODING WHEN WATER BEGINS RISING. There is also a Flash Flood Warning for the counties of Floyd, Johnson, Magoffin, Martin, Morgan and Pike in Kentucky until 2:30 AM Saturday... FLASH FLOOD WARNING FOR... EAST CENTRAL MORGAN COUNTY IN SOUTHEAST KENTUCKY... EASTERN KNOTT COUNTY IN SOUTHEAST KENTUCKY... EASTERN LETCHER COUNTY IN SOUTHEAST KENTUCKY... EASTERN MAGOFFIN COUNTY IN SOUTHEAST KENTUCKY... EXTREME SOUTHEASTERN MARTIN COUNTY IN NORTHEAST KENTUCKY... PIKE COUNTY IN SOUTHEAST KENTUCKY... SOUTHERN FLOYD COUNTY IN SOUTHEAST KENTUCKY... WESTERN JOHNSON COUNTY IN NORTHEAST KENTUCKY... UNTIL 230 AM EDT AT 834 PM EDT...NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE DOPPLER RADAR INDICATED THUNDERSTORMS WITH VERY HEAVY RAINFALL MOVING REPEATEDLY OR EXPECTED TO MOVE REPEATEDLY ACROSS THE WARNED AREA. THESE THUNDERSTORMS WILL PRODUCE TORRENTIAL RAINFALL IN SOME AREAS WITH TWO INCHES OR MORE IN LESS THAN ON HOUR FALLING SOME LOCATIONS ESPECIALLY NEAR THE US 23 CORRIDOR AND MUCH OF FLOYD COUNTY. RUNOFF FROM THIS EXCESSIVE RAINFALL WILL CAUSE FLASH FLOODING TO OCCUR. SOME LOCATIONS THAT WILL EXPERIENCE FLOODING INCLUDE... BUT ARE NOT LIMITED TO...PIKEVILLE...SALYERSVILLE...ADAMSON... ALUBA...ARGO...ASHCAMP...BALLOT...BEAVER...BEEFHIDE... BELCHER...BELFRY...BETSY LAYNE... BETTY...BIGGS...BLUE MOON...BOARD TREE...BOLDMAN...BOLYN...BOSCO...BRADLEY... BRAINARD...BROWNLOW...BUCKHORN HOLLOW...BUCKINGHAM... BURDINE...BURNING FORK...BURTON...BUSKIRK...CANADA AND CARVER. PRECAUTIONARY/PREPAREDNESS ACTIONS... BE ESPECIALLY CAUTIOUS AT NIGHT WHEN IT IS HARDER TO RECOGNIZE THE DANGERS OF FLOODING. IF FLASH FLOODING IS OBSERVED ACT QUICKLY. DO NOT ENTER THE WATER. TURN AROUND AND MOVE UP TO HIGHER GROUND TO ESCAPE FLOOD WATERS. DO NOT STAY IN AREAS SUBJECT TO FLOODING WHEN WATER BEGINS RISING. DO NOT UNDERESTIMATE THE POWER OF FLOOD WATERS. IT ONLY TAKES 6 INCHES OF SWIFTLY FLOWING WATER TO KNOCK A PERSON OFF THEIR FEET AND 2 FEET OF FLOWING WATER TO FLOAT MOST VEHICLES. REMEMBER...TURN AROUND...DONT DROWN. There is also a Flash Flood Warning for the counties of Floyd, Johnson, Martin and Pike in Kentucky until 2:00 AM Saturday... FLASH FLOOD WARNING FOR... JOHNSON COUNTY IN NORTHEAST KENTUCKY... MARTIN COUNTY IN NORTHEAST KENTUCKY... NORTH CENTRAL PIKE COUNTY IN SOUTHEAST KENTUCKY... NORTHERN FLOYD COUNTY IN SOUTHEAST KENTUCKY... UNTIL 200 AM EDT AT 802 PM EDT...NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE DOPPLER RADAR INDICATED SLOW MOVING THUNDERSTORMS WITH VERY HEAVY RAINFALL ACROSS THE WARNED AREA. THESE THUNDERSTORMS ARE PRODUCING TWO INCH PER HOUR OR MORE RAINFALL RATES IN SOME AREAS. RUNOFF FROM THIS EXCESSIVE RAINFALL WILL CAUSE FLASH FLOODING TO OCCUR. SOME LOCATIONS THAT WILL EXPERIENCE FLOODING INCLUDE... BUT ARE NOT LIMITED TO...INEZ...PAINTSVILLE...PRESTONSBURG... ALLEN...ALLEN CITY...ALPHORETTA...ALVIN...ANDY... ARKANSAS...AUXIER...BAKER...BAMMER...BARNETTS CREEK...BARNROCK...BAYS BRANCH...BEAUTY...BEAVER JUNCTION...BLAIR...BLUE RIVER...BOBBS...BONANZA...BOONS CAMP... BRADBURY...BRAINARD...BUFFALO...CALF CREEK...CHANDLERVILLE... CHESTNUT...CLIFF...COALPOINT AND EASTPOINT. PRECAUTIONARY/PREPAREDNESS ACTIONS... DO NOT DRIVE YOUR VEHICLE INTO AREAS WHERE THE WATER COVERS THE ROADWAY. THE WATER DEPTH MAY BE TOO GREAT TO ALLOW YOUR CAR TO CROSS SAFELY. There is also a Flash Flood Warning for Morgan County in Kentucky until 1:30 AM Saturday... FLASH FLOOD WARNING FOR... EXTREME SOUTH CENTRAL BATH COUNTY IN EAST CENTRAL KENTUCKY... MONTGOMERY COUNTY IN EAST CENTRAL KENTUCKY... NORTH CENTRAL LEE COUNTY IN SOUTHEAST KENTUCKY... NORTHEASTERN ESTILL COUNTY IN EAST CENTRAL KENTUCKY... POWELL COUNTY IN EAST CENTRAL KENTUCKY... SOUTHERN MENIFEE COUNTY IN EAST CENTRAL KENTUCKY... WEST CENTRAL MORGAN COUNTY IN SOUTHEAST KENTUCKY... WESTERN WOLFE COUNTY IN SOUTHEAST KENTUCKY... UNTIL 130 AM EDT SATURDAY AT 720 PM EDT...NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE DOPPLER RADAR INDICATED SLOW MOVING THUNDERSTORMS WITH VERY HEAVY RAINFALL ACROSS THE WARNED AREA. DOPPLER RADAR ESTIMATES THAT AS MUCH AS TWO INCHES OF RAIN PER HOUR OR MORE WAS FALLING FROM THUNDERSTORMS MOVING ACROSS THE AREA. ALTHOUGH THE STORMS ARE TAPERING OFF IN MONTGOMERY COUNTY...THE STORMS WILL WORK ACROSS THE REMAINDER OF THE WARNED AREA FOR THE NEXT ONE TO TWO HOURS. RUNOFF FROM THIS EXCESSIVE RAINFALL WILL CAUSE FLASH FLOODING TO OCCUR. SOME LOCATIONS THAT WILL EXPERIENCE FLOODING INCLUDE... BUT ARE NOT LIMITED TO...CAMPTON...MOUNT STERLING...STANTON... AIREDALE...BEAN...BOOTH... BOWEN...CALABOOSE...CAMARGO...CAT CREEK...CEDAR GROVES...CLAY CITY...CLAY LICK...COONS STATION... CORNWELL...DENNISTON...FAGAN...FINCASTLE...FIXER...FURNACE... GATEWOODS STATION...GLENCAIRN... GOSNEYVILLE...GRANNIE...GRASSY LICK...HAYSTACK...HIGH FALLS... JEFFERSONVILLE...JENSON AND KLONDIKE. PRECAUTIONARY/PREPAREDNESS ACTIONS... DO NOT DRIVE YOUR VEHICLE INTO AREAS WHERE THE WATER COVERS THE ROADWAY. THE WATER DEPTH MAY BE TOO GREAT TO ALLOW YOUR CAR TO CROSS SAFELY. There is also a Flash Flood Watch for the counties of Boyd, Carter, Greenup and Lawrence in Kentucky, for the counties of Athens, Gallia, Jackson, Lawrence, Meigs and Vinton in Ohio and for the counties of Boone, Braxton, Cabell, Calhoun, Clay, Jackson, Kanawha, Lincoln, Logan, Mason, Mingo, Nicholas, Putnam, Roane, Wayne, Wirt and Wood in West Virginia until 1:00 AM Saturday, and a Flood Advisory for the counties of Magoffin, Martin and Pike in Kentucky. Stay tuned or go to WSAZ.com for the latest information.

Derby Weather and Pick

Derby Weather a Factor

It’s time for the most exciting 2 minutes in sports as the eyes of the world gaze upon Louisville. Forgive me if I sound sentimental, but Derby Day is the one day a year we can all boast we are Kentuckians!

After a nearly perfect day for the Pegasus Parade on Thursday when the “sun shone brightly on my old Kentucky Home”, the weather for the Kentucky Oaks and the card at Churchill Downs (C.D.) on Friday turned nasty. An inch of rain soaked the Downs and made for a muddy track as showers and thunderstorms rumbled thru the Lower Ohio Valley.

More showers are a sure bet overnight and thru the first half of Saturday, so the morning warm-up jaunt around the track for Derby favorite Big Brown and pole sitter Cool Coal Man will be a muddy one.

Since those overnight and early Saturday showers will be exiting Louisville for our region before noon, it looks like much of the afternoon 11 race card will be rain free. Given that C.D. has a state of the art subterranean drying system, it appears likely the track will be fast by the 6:05 post time.

Still, I believe another round of showers will be close by to C.D. late tomorrow afternoon so if you are heading to the Derby and will be on the infield (where I hear the partying is bizarre and the sights unbelievable), it is possible it will rain again before the end of the day’s festivities.

Morning temperatures will start in the 60s(in the rain) and stay there as gusty winds follow the morning showers and add a cool feel to the air by post time. That's when the NBC cameras will spotlight the sun playing a game of peek-a-boo behind passing clouds in between the twin spiers. Said a more shic way, the ladies will flaunt their prize headgear and the trumpeter will call the horses to the post with a pretty sky overhead.

So have a Mint Julep on me and if you are looking for a horse besides the favorite to bet on, ‘Z Fortune’ has a name worth considering and is my long shot pick for to wear the garland of roses at the 134th Kentucky Derby!

P.S. Fond farewell to Kimmie Burcham, our Webmaster, who made all my blogs look better for the last year!


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