Flash flood emergency issued in western Kentucky

By Allison Finch,

A "particularly dangerous situation" unfolded in western Kentucky early Wednesday after slow-moving thunderstorms dropped several inches of rain overnight, which prompted a flash flood emergency and forced several people out of their homes.

The National Weather Service office in Paducah, Ky., warned the flash flood damage threat could be "catastrophic" for Fancy Farm, Wingo, Beulah and Dublin. All of these towns are located in western Kentucky, just north of the Tennessee border.


According to the NWS office in Paducah, the storms unleashed 4 to 6 inches of rain across parts of western Kentucky as of 6 a.m. CDT. In Wingo, 4.86 inches of rain fell between midnight and 2:15 a.m. local time. The NWS noted several water rescues were being conducted in Wingo early Wednesday.

Storm chaser Brandon Clement shared a video from the scene showing just how high the water rose overnight in Wingo. Water levels could be seen reaching the wheels of several trucks in a parking lot. The water levels reached the porches of many homes in the area.


In Mayfield, which was struck by a catastrophic EF4 tornado in December 2021, the NWS reported several water rescues were being conducted in the city as floodwaters rose early Wednesday.

Additional rainfall is expected throughout the morning hours on Wednesday, which could add to flooding concerns.

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