Rescue teams rush to save people trapped in deluged cars and flooded homes in Kentucky
Water rescues are underway in parts of Kentucky to save people trapped in cars and flooded homes as a powerful storm continues to batter the central United States.
The multi-hazard storm rolled across the country Tuesday with the risk of strong tornadoes and flooding to the South, and ice and snow to the Plains and Upper Midwest, after bringing deadly floods to California.
More than 12 million people across the south were under flood watches Tuesday morning, with the heaviest rainfall expected in parts of southwest Alabama and southeast Georgia, CNN reported.
And more than two million people were under tornado watches across Kentucky, Texas, Louisiana, Mississippi, Oklahoma and Arkansas.
Water rescues are underway in parts of Kentucky to save people trapped in cars and flooded homes as a powerful storm continues to batter the central United States
In Greenville, Kentucky (pictured) ‘numerous’ people have had to be rescued from the floods
Virtually all of Western Kentucky is under some sort of advisory, according to the National Weather Service.
In one Kentucky area, the Greenville Fire Department has responded to numerous stranded motorists and water rescues from flooded homes. Roadways in and out of the city are flooded and resemble raging rivers.
In Kentucky, rivers, creeks, streams and other low-lying and flood-prone locations are vulnerable for flooding and 1 to 2 inches of rain are expected with the potential to rise to three to four inches locally, the NWS said.
Greenville Fire Department posted on their Facebook page that crews have responded to numerous stranded motorists and water rescues from residences.
Water rescues are underway in parts of Kentucky to save people trapped in cars and flooded homes in Kentucky as a massive storm slams the central United States
More than 12 million people across the south were under flood watches Tuesday morning, with the heaviest rainfall expected in parts of southwest Alabama and southeast Georgia
‘There are numerous roadways flooded inside the city and throughout our district. We have numerous first responders and road crews blocking flooded roadways.
Beware of the numerous vehicles that are also vacant in the roadways.
Please avoid the flooded roadways completely and give first responders room and time to work.’
The flooding is so bad in Scott County, the school district announced is has canceled classes on Tuesday as a result of flooded roads and rising water.
A flash flood warning has been issued for southeastern Christian County and Todd County and is expected to last until 8:45 p.m. Central Time.
The NWS said 1 to 3 inches of rain had already fallen from Fort Campbell to Trenton and Elkton early Tuesday morning and an additional 1 to 2 inches are possible.
Photos and videos posted on social media show roadways that resemble raging rivers with some residents writing that the areas are not usually affected by such severe flooding.
In Kentucky, rivers, creeks, streams and other low-lying and flood-prone area are vulnerable for flooding and 1 to 2 inches of rain are expected with potential three to four inches
Photos and videos posted on social media show roadways that resemble raging rivers with some residents writing that the areas are not usually affected by such severe flooding
‘Turn around, don’t drown when encountering flooded roads. Most flood deaths occur in vehicles,’ the NWS warned.
Texas, Gov. Greg Abbott activated state emergency response resources Monday.
‘As we monitor conditions and potential threats, I urge Texans in affected areas to heed the guidance of local officials and remain weather-aware as severe weather systems develop,’ Abbott said in a statement. ‘We will swiftly provide all necessary resources to address severe weather and protect our communities.’
Flooding and heavy rains are not the only threat to the area this week as the National Weather Service also warned about tornadoes, heavy snows, freezing rains, and gusty winds until Wednesday.
Flooding and heavy rains are not the only threat to the area this week as the National Weather Service also warned about tornadoes, snow, freezing rains, and gusty winds until Wednesday
‘Turn around, don’t drown when encountering flooded roads. Most flood deaths occur in vehicles,’ the NWS warned
A Tornado Watch is in effect until noon today for several counties in central and southern parts of Kentucky.
And as the the South braces for floods and tornadoes, the storm is expected to bring heavy snow, sleet and freezing rain across the Plains and Upper Midwest on Tuesday.
Officials say residents in Nebraska, South Dakota and Minnesota are likely to see snowfall rates of 1 to 3 inches per hour which is expected to impact travel.
More than 15 million people from Utah to Wisconsin are under winter weather alerts.
The NWS said that blowing and drifting snow on Tuesday may make snow-covered roads ‘hazardous, if not impossible’ to travel.
‘Snow (and) blowing snow to impact Wyoming roads into tonight,’ according to a NWS Facebook post. ‘A high wind event will then create blowing (and) drifting snow, poor visibility and possible whiteout conditions Tuesday afternoon through Wednesday afternoon for sections of I-80, I-25, South Pass and various secondary roads!’
Officials say residents in Nebraska, South Dakota and Minnesota are likely to see snowfall rates of 1 to 3 inches per hour which is expected to impact travel. Pictured is Sioux Falls
More than 15 million people from Utah to Wisconsin are under winter weather alerts
Blowing snow Tuesday may make snow-covered roads ‘hazardous, if not impossible’ to travel
‘If you can, please stay home. If you must travel, ensure you have an emergency kit in your car,’ the weather service in Sioux Falls said.
According to CNN, a vehicle winter emergency kit includes snacks and water, a battery-powered weather radio, flashlights and batteries, a first aid kit, a shovel and ice scraper, a jumper cable and other items.
The severe weather comes as tornados and flooding have already impacted the western and southern parts of the country.
On Sunday, a tornado slammed Jessieville, Arkansas leaving 14 homes, three buildings and up to seven buildings at a local school district damaged.
‘Damage was sustained to areas of (a) school due to trees, and power lines. The school was currently in session at the time, however all students have been accounted for and reports of no injury,’ the Garland County Sheriff’s Office said.
Arkansas was hit with a tornado that damaged several homes and a local school on Sunday. The storm appeared to have damaged lights on a football stadium
Damage to structures was seen in multiple areas around Jessieville, Arkansas on Sunday
Officials say the tornado damaged at least 14 home, and 10 buildings in the Jessieville area
Experts continue to urge anyone in the tornado warning areas to seek shelter immediately rather than wait until the threat appears.
‘If you wait around for a warning to be issued, it is too late,’ Brad Bryant, a meteorologist at NWS told CNN. ‘You need to have a safe shelter plan in place in advance of these storms.’
The National Weather service warned that travel may be impacted until the storm subsides on Wednesday.
Parts of Nebraska, Minnesota and South Dakota are expected to receive up to three inches of snow per hour through Tuesday. The weather conditions may lead to dangerous travel, tree damages and power outages.
Meanwhile, more excessive rain might hit California again on Wednesday after the northern part of the state was plummeted with widespread flooding and heavy snowfall over the weekend.
At least three people died from the treacherous conditions, including one person found dead inside a completely submerged car Saturday in Sacramento County and a 72-year-old man who died after being struck by a fallen tree at a Santa Cruz park.
Three vehicles were seen submerged on Highway 99 in south Sacramento County on Sunday
Two cars were seen submerged in water as more rain might hit California again Wednesday
The storm left thousands of Californians without power over the weekend and is being attributed to a so-called atmospheric river — a region in the atmosphere that can carry moisture for thousands of miles.
That ‘river’ has already devastated the Sacramento area, where emergency crews spent the weekend rescuing multiple flood victims by boats and helicopter, and responding to calls of fallen trees and disabled vehicles stuck in the flood waters.
An evacuation order was issued on Sunday for the rural Sacramento County areas of Point Pleasant — just one day after rising flood waters forced evacuations in Wilton, California as well as three communities near the city of Watsonville in Santa Cruz County.
Some cars were seen overturned and off the side of the road in Sacramento County
An aerial shot showed flooded areas around homes near Wilton, California on Monday
Buildings were seen flooded after the rainstorm hit Sacramento County
A levee was ultimately overtopped and breached by the Cosumnes River on Saturday night due to the heavy rainfall, leaving Wilton underwater. And on Sunday morning, Sacramento County spokesman Matt Robinson said helicopter images showed there was a second levee that was breached.
Sacramento County officials were ultimately forced to issue a local state of emergency.
Northern and Central California are at risk again for more heavy rains and flooding beginning on Wednesday and leading in Thursday, according to NWS.
The risk of flooding then leads into Thursday and Friday moving more inland and south of the state.
It is unclear if the excessive rainfall will make a dent in California’s endless drought that is heading into fourth driest years on record.
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