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National Weather Service, Paducah KY

UPDATE: 2:37 p.m.

  The National Weather Service in Paducah has issued a Flash Flood warning for the WKMS listening area until late Monday afternoon. The NWS warns that backwater from some of the rivers in the region has already closed roads and cautions drivers to turn around when encountering the flooded crossings. 

 

Between two to five inches of rain has fallen within the last few days, another one to three inches is expected in the warned areas.
 

Some of the locations that will experience flooding include:

Parts of the South are facing possible flash floods, even as they survey the damage from a wave of severe weather that killed at least 15 people across Tennessee, Mississippi and Arkansas.

The National Weather Service says flash flooding is "possible today from the Southern Plains, the middle Mississippi Valley and into the Lower Great Lakes region — remaining over the Southern Plains and middle Mississippi Valley for Sunday."

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5:24 p.m.: The Kentucky Transportation Cabinet is urging drivers to use extreme caution. The KYTC reports water over  the road in several locations across the region and down trees on KY 94 west of Murray near the Graves County line and east of Murray near the KY 80 intersection. 

5:16 p.m.: Calloway, Trigg counties in Kentucky and Stewart County, Tennessee are under a severe thunderstorm warning until 5:54.

5:06 p.m.: Caldwell, Christian, Hopkins, and Muhlenberg counties in Kentucky are under a severe thunderstorm warning through 5:45 p.m.

4:53 p.m.: A tornado warning is in effect for northwestern Henry, northeastern Gibson, and Weakley counties in Tennessee through 5:30. 

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He says the Commonwealth is recognized nationally for its deer population. 

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