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Strong winds, heavy rain from remnants of Hurricane Harvey will enter Kentucky late in the week

By Tom Latek
Kentucky Today

Kentucky will be receiving some strong winds and heavy rain from the remnants of Hurricane Harvey on Thursday and Friday.

“But it’s not going to be like what Texas or Louisiana got,” said John Gordon with the National Weather Service office in Louisville.

“It’s also not going to be like Hurricane Ike in 2008, with 70- to 80-mile-per-hour winds that came flying through here on a Sunday morning.”

Gordon said two to six inches of rain is in the forecast with the heaviest amounts in a swath from Southwest and into Central Kentucky and on to the Northeast. Lesser amounts are expected in eastern Kentucky.

Hydrologist Mike Callahan said there could be some significant rises on rivers, mainly in southern and Western Kentucky, leading to minor flooding. “If any type of flooding happens in Central Kentucky, it might be on the Green, Barren and the Salt River, especially in the Rolling Fork area.

“The Kentucky and Ohio Rivers should be all right, even the lower Ohio, which could actually use a little bit of water to keep navigation problems to a minimum.”

His bottom line, any river flooding should be minor and short-lived.

Science Officer Ted Funk said areas north of the Western and Bluegrass Parkways, then north of I-64, will see the highest winds. “Probably sustained winds of 15 to 25 miles per hour, with gusts up to 40.” South and east of that line, winds should be lighter, he said.

Funk says there will also be a marginal risk of severe weather, including brief tornado spin-ups, in south central Kentucky. However, there will be a greater risk of severe weather, south of Kentucky.

Forecasters said the period from Thursday evening through Friday evening will be the time for the most rain and wind, with things clearing out on Saturday.

Several high school football games throughout the state, especially in the Louisville and Lexington areas, moved Friday night games to Thursday night because of the impending weather.

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