From the WSAZ First Warning Weather Center... The National Weather Service has issued a Flash Flood Warning for the counties of Floyd, Johnson, Magoffin, Martin, Morgan and Pike in Kentucky until 2:30 AM...AT 1235 AM EDT...NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE DOPPLER RADAR INDICATED THUNDERSTORMS WITH VERY HEAVY RAINFALL ACROSS THE WARNED AREA. SO FAR BETWEEN 1 AND 3 INCHES OF RAIN HAS FALLEN ON ALREADY SATURATED SOILS. RAINFALL IS EXPECTED TO CONTINUE OVER THE NEXT ONE TO TWO HOURS. RUNOFF FROM THIS EXCESSIVE RAINFALL WILL CAUSE FLASH FLOODING TO OCCUR. SOME LOCATIONS THAT WILL EXPERIENCE FLASH FLOODING INCLUDE... PIKEVILLE...SALYERSVILLE...ADAMSON...ALPHORETTA...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 AND CANADA. PORTIONS OF PIKE COUNTY HAVE REPORTED FLASH FLOODING...INCLUDING THE COMMUNITY OF OWSLEY...WHERE FLOOD WATERS HAVE ENTERED INTO A CHURCH. WATER ALSO TRAPPED RESIDENTS INSIDE OF THEIR HOME ALONG KINNIKINNICK LANE NEAR COAL RUN. PRECAUTIONARY/PREPAREDNESS ACTIONS... EXCESSIVE RUNOFF FROM THIS STORM WILL CAUSE FLOODING OF SMALL CREEKS AND STREAMS...HIGHWAYS AND UNDERPASSES. ADDITIONALLY...COUNTRY ROADS AND FARMLANDS ALONG THE BANKS OF CREEKS...STREAMS AND OTHER LOW LYING AREAS ARE ALSO SUBJECT TO FLOODING. BE ESPECIALLY CAUTIOUS AT NIGHT WHEN IT IS HARDER TO RECOGNIZE THE DANGERS OF FLOODING. IF FLOODING IS OBSERVED...ACT QUICKLY. DO NOT ENTER THE WATER. TURN AROUND AND MOVE UP TO HIGHER GROUND. 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, Martin, Morgan and Pike in Kentucky until 3:00 AM... 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 Watch for the counties of Braxton, Calhoun, Clay and Nicholas in West Virginia until 4:00 AM, and a Flood Warning for the counties of Floyd, Johnson, Martin and Pike in Kentucky until 10:30 AM. Stay tuned or go to WSAZ.com for the latest information.

Tony's Weekend Weather Briefing

Summer Swelter for Greenbrier Weekend

This Thursday evening the air is tropically muggy but bearable in the wake of early afternoon storms. Now we get set to brave a 2 day period of incandescent sun and sweltering heat.

Like a bottle rock set off for home fireworks, the air was ignited by the intense heat of the morning. Think of that hot air (92-95 by noon) as the match that set off the suddenly rowdy round of storms.

Those storms generated torrential downpours and cannon shots of thunder, the lightning strikes responsible for new power outages. Gusty winds knocked down more tree branches and even some hail fell from the taller storm clouds. Ice cubes at 95 degrees you ask?

While things remain mainly tame overnight into Friday morning, my concern would be for a few cells to remain on radar all the way until 10 am. The past few mornings have seen such, so somewhere, someone on Friday morning is apt to see a downpour. Toss a few coins into the air and imagine where they land is where cells will be as the sun comes up.

Hard to predict you say? I say impossible!

Now Friday and Saturday will see the core of the heat come right back on top of us. Either or both days could see one hundred on the thermometer. The heat index (real feel of the air) will seem like it is 105. Admittedly, that can be a level that is deleterious to humans and canines alike.

My suggestion, slow down and stay hydrated.

As for thunder on those days I sense a drier seam of air around 5-10,000 feet overheat. That might supress activity. We shall see.

In the longer term, I expect a cold front to pass on Sunday. A round of showers and thunderstorms would be likely then (ETA TBA). Then hold onto your hats the heat wave will come to an end by Monday through next week as a less hot and somewhat refreshing air mass arrives from Canada. Highs will be in the 80s next week.

By the way, it will be very hot at the Greenbrier too the next 3 days. Highs in the 90s will feel near 100 with the heat index. Night time concerts will only cool after sundown into the low and mid 80s. And with the Fairlea fairgrounds packing them in by the thousands, dare I say there will be some body heat to make things feel even hotter.


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