Counties surrounding the Ohio and Mississippi Rivers are facing high flood levels after the region received several inches of rain over the weekend. National Weather Service Hydrologist Mary Lamb said flood levels are reaching about 35 feet in Smithland and as high as 46 feet further west in Cairo, Illinois.
At least three people died and thousands lost power when severe storms last night passed through Kentucky, Illinois, Tennessee, and Missouri. The storms spawned tornadoes that claimed lives in Perry County, MO as well as Ottawa and Crossville, IL.
Update: The National Weather Service in Paducah warns residents throughout the Ohio Valley about the risk of Severe Thunderstorms this evening and overnight which could result in tornadoes and large hail.
The National Weather Service in Paducah is warning the western Kentucky region that increased severe weather conditions often follow autumn temperatures. NWS meteorologist Rick Shanklin says tornado watches should be treated as warnings during the fall season because of the increased risk.