Southern Illinois Drenched with 8-Inch Rains
By West Kentucky Star Staff
SOUTHERN ILLINOIS - Torrential rains were the main product of the storms that moved slowly across the region overnight.
The National Weather Service office in Paducah says southern Illinois was alerted to scattered tornado warnings through Thursday evening, but flash flooding was the more widespread problem. Beginning around Vienna in Johnson County and across Williamson, Saline and Gallatin counties, more than six inches of rain were recorded, and along the Gallatin/White county line radar indicated an 8-to-10 inch rainfall total. Drivers encountered water over roads in many of those counties, and many cars were left abandoned overnight.
In western Kentucky, two to three inches of rain were commonplace, with 3-4 inches indicated by radar in northern Calloway, Marshall, Livingston, Crittenden, Lyon and Caldwell counties.
In Union County, Highway 60 is reported to be under water and closed in spots.
Barkley Field in Paducah recorded a total of 1.7 inches through Friday morning.
Even though the rain has moved out of the area, a flood warning was extended into Monday afternoon for much of southern Illinois due to accumulating runoff from the storms. The National Weather Service says that several members of law enforcement have reported main roads that are flooded and impassable. They also say there are many more secondary roads that were closed due to flooding.
Behind the storm front is a cooler weekend forecast, but another chance for precipitation in the region looks to come on Sunday evening and Monday.
On the Net: Paducah Weather Service webpage