Severe Weather and Flooding Is Expected to Push East to West Virginia

Flooded homes in Jackson, Ky., on Thursday. At least eight people died after heavy rains swept southeastern Kentucky.

As parts of Kentucky surveyed the damage left by deadly rain and flooding

the threat of more severe weather was expected to shift east toward West Virginia on Friday.

More rounds of excessive rainfall across parts of the Ohio and Tennessee Valleys were expected to trigger flash flooding throughout the day, according to the Weather Prediction Center.

As of early Friday, a flood watch was in effect through the evening for large swaths of Kentucky, including several of the counties hit by storms on Thursday.

The approaching front could bring persistent and heavy rainfall over soil that is already saturated

driving up concerns about additional flooding in the region.

A flood warning was also in effect until the afternoon for parts of southeastern Kentucky, including several rivers.

A flood watch was in effect until 10 p.m. Friday for a large portion of West Virginia

where heavy rain was possible. The highest concerns about flooding were in areas already hit by rainfall.

Meteorologists throughout the region echoed a warning they have used repeatedly during the past few days

“If you encounter flooded roadways, turn around don’t drown.”

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