As search and rescue efforts continue in flood-ravaged eastern Kentucky, forecasts give residents or rescuers no respite, with more storms and heat expected to batter the region. this week.
Governor Andy Beshear took to social media Monday afternoon to warn residents that they should seek shelter and “make sure you get to a safe place” Monday night.
“More rain is expected in Eastern Kentucky later today and into the evening,” Beshear said in a video message. “Isolated flash floods and damaging winds are both possible. Please stay away from flooded waterways. Take shelter on higher ground. If you live in a flood zone, be sure to go to a safe place.
Beshear stressed that he only calls 911 in an emergency.
“Our goal in moving in tonight is for everyone to go somewhere safe. We don’t want to have to search for people for safety right now, and our first responders already have so much work to do,” Beshear said in his remarks.
A bulletin from the National Weather Service office in Jackson issued earlier Monday warned that there was a risk of thunderstorms Monday afternoon through Monday evening.
“Incidents of flash flooding will be possible, in locations that experience repeated rounds of storms and remain saturated. Some storms tonight may also contain strong to damaging wind gusts,” the NWS weather forecast said.
Thunderstorms will remain possible from Tuesday to Sunday at times, the outlook also said.
Heat index values are also expected to peak between 95 and 100 degrees on Wednesday and Thursday.
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This story was originally published August 1, 2022 3:17 p.m.