Harvey to bring rain to region, potential for flooding in some areas

Hurricane Harvey was expected to bring rain to the region late Thursday evening, but Danville-Boyle County Emergency Management Director Mike Wilder said it was not expected to be too bad through the weekend.

“Places that normally flood — Perryville, areas in Junction, Streamland — those people need to be aware,” said Wilder.

Rainfall, according to the National Weather Service in Louisville, is expected to be heavy today — one to two inches. A flash flood watch is in effect through late tonight. 

Wilder said at one point, up to four inches was predicted, which is not an unusual amount for the region. But the National Weather Service and the Kentucky Emergency Management are taking the storm potential seriously, Wilder said, and everyone else should too. He said it was important for people to use caution when driving in the rain and to turn on headlights for increased visibility.

Be cautious when driving, Wilder said, pointing to the oft-used, “turn around, don’t drown” to keep drivers safe. Six inches of water, he said, can reach the bottom of most cars and cause drivers to lose control and potentially cause cars to stall out. A foot of water, he said, will float most vehicles and two feet can carry away even SUVs and pickup trucks.

Rain is expected to continue through tonight and Saturday morning, with wind gusts reaching 31 miles an hour today, but dropping to about 7 miles an hour on Saturday. Chance of precipitation drops from 100 percent on Friday, to 90 percent Friday night and then 60 percent by Saturday.

“Saturday and Sunday are expected to have decent weather, and Monday too,” Wilder said, however according to the National Weather Service, rain is highly expected (70 percent) most of the day Saturday, as well as a thunderstorm. By Sunday, it is predicted to be sunny with a high of 77 degrees; Monday is expected to be sunny with a high of 81 degrees.