Significant rain event possible in region due to tropical storm
The remnants of a tropical storm were expected to impact parts of the region late last week.
The National Weather Service was calling for the possibility of a “significant heavy rainfall event” from last Thursday through Friday evening in Southern Illinois, Southeast Missouri and Western Kentucky.
The National Weather Service office in Paducah reported that Tropical Storm Cindy was forecast to move ashore on the Gulf Coast last Thursday morning, and then move toward and reach into the Tennessee valley by Friday.
As this occurred, a cold front was forecast to drop down from the north and interact with the tropical moisture upon its passage Friday night.
Cindy`s remnants were expected to bring rain chances as early as last Thursday, before spiking those chances Friday and Friday night as the storm itself moved across the Tennessee valley and the aforementioned cold front makes its passage.
The weather service reported that rainfall amounts could average from 2 to 4 inches in Western Kentucky, with 1 to 3 inches possible to the north and west. Locally higher amounts were possible in persistent storms.
A few strong thunderstorms were possible Thursday through Friday evening. The heavy rain and thunderstorms were expected to end Friday night.
The heavy rainfall was expected to cause rises on area creeks and small rivers, particularly where flash flooding had occurred during the previous weekend.