Eastern Kentucky prepares for the potential of flooding and thunderstorms


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NEW Fox News articles can now be heard on audio! A weekend of rainy weather is once again posing a threat to regions of Kentucky affected by past flooding.

The Ohio Valley and the Northeast will experience torrential rain and thunderstorms as a slow-moving front crosses the eastern United States.

The majority of places may anticipate one to three inches of rain over the next few days, but greater amounts up to three to five inches are possible, according to FOX Weather.

Flood Watches have been issued by the National Weather Service (NWS) for large portions of Kentucky, Ohio, Virginia, and West Virginia.
On Saturday, the Appalachians from western Virginia to northern Georgia are predicted to receive the most rainfall.
Flash flooding is possible there and any storm will be able to produce powerful winds, lightning, and torrential rain.

Gov. Andy Beshear of Kentucky warned citizens that flash flooding might occur as a result of the storms in a media conference on Friday. Additional rain is predicted until next week.

The ground is already extremely saturated, and a lot of debris might choke waterways and result in flooding, the man warned. “There may be some damage if there is a strong wind. So be wary of the weather tonight and through Saturday.”

The initial phase of search and rescue has been completed by the state, but two people remain missing.
In five counties, there were 37 verified fatalities as a result of the intense weather.
Nine cooling stations were opened in the affected areas due to the heat as another issue.
Nearly 400 men of the National Guard were assisting with flood relief.

The number of limited and non-operational wastewater systems, the number of service connections without water, the number of service connections under boil water advisories, and the number of power outages were all down.

President Biden and the first lady will accompany Beshear on a trip to eastern Kentucky on Monday to visit families and assess the situation there.
Fox News Digital correspondent Julia Musto is. She has the handle @JuliaElenaMusto on Twitter.