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FLOODING | Mississippi to Ohio Valleys

Flooded Mid-South, Midwest, face more rain this week

Staff Writers

Tuesday, February 27, 2018, 13:48 - We'll see a bit of a break for the early part of the week for the inundated stretch from the Southern Plains to the Ohio Valley as high pressure temporarily moves in to the Midwest and shuts off the fire hose flow of moisture from the Gulf of Mexico.

This change will provide some much-needed - but unfortunately short-lived - relief from days of heavy rain that have left rivers swollen and cities like Louisville and Cincinnati partially under water.

Later this week we expect a return to winds from the south, and that means Gulf moisture takes aim on the soggy Midsouth once again. We take a look what you need to know for the week ahead, below.

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Weather Highlights:

  • Drier couple of days ahead for flooded region of the Midwest and Midsouth
  • Next round of rain moves in later this week with potential to add several inches of accumulation to already-flooded areas
  • Heavier accumulation expected late week over the Southeast
  • Watching a system that may bring heavy rain into the Ohio Valley by end week
  • Severe weather risk for Gulf states Wednesday

Click play to watch below: Brief break to dry out, then more rain

Days of heavy rain - exacerbated over the weekend by severe thunderstorms that dumped up to 3 inches of rain in only a few hours - has led to extensive flooding from the Gulf Coast to the Great Lakes. Some rivers were set to crest through Monday and Tuesday, but water levels are expected to remain high through at least midweek regardless.

But just as river heights start to recede, another round of moisture works its way up from the Gulf of Mexico, set to bring yet more rain to the Midsouth.

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The good news here is that the heaviest part of this next bout of rainfall is expected to be diverted somewhat to the east by an area of high pressure to the north. That means that much of the heavier rain on the way for later this week should be directed into the Southeast, rather than up the Mississippi Valley. That said, we're watching for the development of a low pressure system out of this region of northerly flow that may bring heavier rain up to the Ohio Valley later this week; that will be a system to watch for waterlogged residents of the Midwest. 

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A band of thunderstorms reaching across the lower Mississippi Valley into Ohio over the weekend flooded areas that had already seen evacuations because of high water. On Saturday, nearly three inches of rain fell on the city.

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Much of the area was under flash flood warnings or watches after being saturated by rain in the past week or so, the National Weather Service said.

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A band of thunderstorms reaching across the lower Mississippi Valley into Ohio on Saturday killed a Kentucky woman in her home and threatened more flooding in an area that has already seen evacuations because of high water.

The storm system packing hail, high winds and possible tornados was forecast to drop from 2 to 4 inches (5 to 10 cm) of rain by early Sunday from Arkansas into the Ohio Valley.

Much of the area was under flash flood warnings or watches after being saturated by rain in the past week or so, the National Weather Service said.

"It's a pretty high-impact event over a very large area," Bob Oravec, a forecaster with the agency's Weather Prediction Center in College Park, Maryland, said by telephone.

Indiana Governor Eric Holcomb issued a disaster emergency for 11 counties because of damage from widespread flooding, especially from the Kankakee River in northern Indiana.

In Ohio, Governor John Kasich declared an emergency in 17 counties along the Ohio River and in the southern part of the state because of high water and storm damage.

Click play to watch below: Life-threatening floods in Kentucky, Michigan and Ohio

A 79-year-old woman died in her rural home near Logan, Kentucky, when it was struck by an apparent tornado, Nashville, Tennessee, TV station WKRN reported.

Quoting emergency management officials, the broadcaster said the woman and her husband, who was unharmed, did not hear any siren.

County officials did not respond to a request for comment.

Kentucky Governor Matt Bevin said on Twitter late Saturday, "We've lost multiple Kentuckians today due to severe weather events in the western part of our state."

"The Potential for similar weather continues to move into Kentucky overnight," he said in a tweet.

The governor asked that all citizens to take weather warnings seriously.

Flooding has claimed at least three lives this week, including a 1-year-old girl in Michigan, according to media.

A 52-year-old woman was found dead in her car that was submerged in a ditch in Illinois and a 53-year-old man was killed in Oklahoma when his car was swept away by flood waters, media reported.

Hundreds of people have been evacuated over the last several days as rising waters reached their homes and nearby roads. Communities provided sandbags to home and business owners and set up dozens of shelters to house displaced residents.

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