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From the American Red Cross:

The Paducah Area Chapter of the American Red Cross has opened a temporary shelter for those in need due to flooding at First Baptist Church, 2890 Broadway, Paducah, KY 42001. If you need to seek shelter, bring your medications or other necessary items with you. If you need immediate disaster assistance, please contact American Red Cross at 270-442-3575. 

From Keith Todd, Kentucky Transportation Cabinet:

Update at 10:09 am: Floodwaters have shorted out the traffic signal at the I-24/US 60 Exit 4 Interchange in McCracken County.  4-Way stop signs will be put out at this intersection as soon as floodwaters recede. Hickman County reports KY 80 is closed by floodwaters at the 3 mile marker in the Arlington West End area. KY 1628 is closed between the 1 and 3mm in Hickman Co. Motorists should avoid these areas. Also, City of Paducah Parks are closed due to flooding, Live on Broadway canceled. 

Update at 8:35 am: Additional counties are now reporting widespread flooding of roadways. Calloway reports flooding at the intersection of KY 94 at KY 1660/Johnny Robertson Road and at several spots along KY 121 in the county.  A tree is reported blocking KY 121 in the New Concord area. Trigg County reports water over various highways.  Water is over US 68 between the 11 and 12 mile marker.  This is near the entrance to Lake Barkley State Park. Hickman County reports KY 58 is CLOSED by floodwaters at the 10 mile marker near Clinton. KY 1820 is CLOSED by floodwaters at the Graves-Hickman County line. Water is over roadways at other locations too numerous to list. Motorists are urged to avoid unnecessary travel.  If you do have to travel slow down and use extreme caution. 

Latest weather conditions from Paducah National Weather Service.

Gov. Pat Quinn has issued an emergency declaration following the flooding and severe weather affecting areas across Illinois yesterday.

The action allows the state to access federal resources including generators, pump systems sandbags and additional funds. It is a step below a disaster emergency declaration.

Quinn says the American Red Cross has opened two shelters in north central Illinois. One is in Oglesby and another in Roanoke.

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National Weather Service forecasters say a line of storms moving in out of the west this afternoon will bring a moderate risk of severe thunderstorms, damaging winds, hail, and tornadoes lasting into the evening.

Severe Weather Coming to Region

Apr 17, 2013

Severe weather is expected across the region over the next 48 hours.

The national weather service has issued a severe thunderstorm watch through 9:00pm for the  WKMS listening area. A wind advisory will also be in effect beginning at 1:00am.

Forecasters expect a second line of storms to reach the area in late afternoon tomorrow. The storms should last late into the night. Forecasters say the conditions will be favorable for high winds, hail and tornadoes. Rainfall totals are expected to be 1 to 2 inches. 

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A strong storm system with damaging wind, heavy rain and a possible tornado is leading a cold front into the Four Rivers region tonight.

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A storm heading into the region from the west is bringing with it a chance for damaging winds and winter weather tomorrow.

UPDATE: 3:48 p.m.  National Weather Service Forecasters predict wind gusts up to and possibly exceeding 40 m-p-h in advance of a cold front that will bring severe thunderstorms to southeast Missouri, southern Illinois and the purchase region of western Kentucky.  Forecasters say the storm system will impact our region between 4:00 p.m.

The National Weather Service in Paducah predicts severe storms for the early evening. McCracken County Emergency Management Meteorologist Beau Dodson says the storms are forming in front of a cold front that should start sweeping through the area soon. 

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The National Weather Service in Paducah has issued a Severe Thunderstorm Warning for our area. NWS is reporting winds in excess of 60 mph and penny-sized hail.

Affected Counties are:


Warning is in effect until 8:15 PM.

Kentucky Utilities Sending Crews to Help with Isaac Damage

Aug 30, 2012

Kentucky Utilities and Louisville Gas and Electric have answered the call to help with restoration efforts following Hurricane Isaac. KU spokesman Cliff Feltham,

“What we have decided to do is send roughly two hundred of our…a combination of employees and our contractor crews south to be deployed wherever they are needed, and they left early this morning.”

Feltham says the crews will report to a staging area in either South Tennessee or North Mississippi, and will fan out from there.  He believes their first assignment will be in the Baton Rouge area.