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.

Tony's Blog: Twisters at It Again

Tornado Alley: Busiest Place on Earth

Special Thanks to Linda Childers 5th grade class at Nichols Elementary in B-Ville for inviting me I to speak today. I will post a narrative and some e-pics when i get them (next week).

This is for the weather junkie. The person who lives, breathes and sleeps severe weather. Whether snowstorms and cold waves in winter or spring and summer high wind storms including twisters, you guys crave the really big events.

Personally, I enjoy winter storms much more since the risk of damage to property and to personal safety is somewhat mitigated. I never want to see a tornado up close and would not want to go storm chasing like Marina Jurica did this week. See the e-pics Marina sent along from her High Plains chase!

That said, we are in the middle of what is likely to be the most active tornado season in American history. Tonight on First at Five I recapped a wild and wooly week in America’s Breadbasket where more than 150 twisters have touched down.

From Windsor, Colorado to Hugo Minnesota and from Kerney, Nebraska to Parkersburg, Iowa HOMES HAVE BEEN SPLINTERS and LIVES LOST. While our chance for severe weather comes on Saturday (when locally high winds and hail are possible), early indications are our region will not have any tornadoes to deal with!

It is here in the famous Tornado Alley (area from North Texas through the Plains of Oklahoma, Kansas and Nebraska) that Mother Nature conspires to create havoc every spring. The volatile combination of humid air at ground level and cold air in the heavens sets the stage for violent thunderstorm development. Throw in a contorted web of air streams as one ascends into the clouds and those thunderstorms can begin to spin. Once that spin ensues, it can either twist itself into a tornado or spiral itself down.

Chris Olsen, a Kansas native, knows all about tornadoes. “In the Midwest, twisters are a way of life. I recall spending 15 straight hours in the basement during a tornado alert when I was a kid.”

Surprisingly, Chris says Midwesterners do not always heed tornado warnings. “The first thing people do is run out on the porch and watch. If the storm is heading for you, you head to safe cover, but if it is moving away, you watch and marvel at the beauty and might”.

On the record, I believe all tornado warnings should be taken to heart. But it is up to you to make a personal decision as to how to react during an alert. Since tornadoes are small in scale, they affect a relatively small percentage of a county or valley.

As for tornado safety tips, it is highly recommended that anyone living in a mobile home leave when a Tornado Watch is issued. This may be inconvenient, but it is also practical.

For most of us, stay away from windows and off the telephone. If you hear the roar of a train, duck under a sturdy desk, workbench etc. I stress most of us will never hear the roar of the tornado train.


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