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Heavy downpours prompt flash flood warnings, evacuations and water rescues across the South


Heavy downpours have prompted flash flood warnings, evacuations and water rescues across the South while forecasters warn Northeast residents to prepare for frigid temperatures and snow squalls this week.  

The National Weather Service (NWS) has received more than 100 reports of flash flooding from Kentucky to western Maryland

Terrifying images and videos showed first responders rescuing people from submerged cars and flooded homes after parts of Kentucky received up to 7 inches of rainfall over the weekend. 

Other parts of Kentucky received between 1.5 to 4 inches of rain, forecasters noted. 

On Monday morning, the NWS tweeted: ‘Over the past 24 hours there have been numerous reports of flooding, mainly across the TN and OH Valleys, as multiple rounds of heavy rain fell atop already saturated soils.’

‘Precipitation activity will move south and east with coverage diminishing throughout the day,’ forecasters added. 

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Life-threatening water levels have occurred in parts of the Ohio Valley and the South prompting flash flood warnings and forcing road closures as forecasters warn of more flooding rainfall into Wednesday for several southern states

Flash flood warnings are still in effect in parts of Texas to West Virginia (depicted)

Flash flood warnings are still in effect in parts of Texas to West Virginia (depicted)

Flood watches have been issued in parts of Alabama, Mississippi and Tennessee

Flood watches have been issued in parts of Alabama, Mississippi and Tennessee 

Members of the Brodhead Fire Department in Kentucky are seen evacuating two homes on Chestnut Grove Road

Members of the Brodhead Fire Department in Kentucky are seen evacuating two homes on Chestnut Grove Road 

Firefighters are seen evacuating a Kentucky resident from their home

A firefighter is seen preparing to rescue a dog

Firefighters are seen evacuating a Kentucky resident (left) from their home. One firefighter was also seen preparing to rescue the resident’s dog (right)

First responders are seen during a rescue mission in Oil Springs, Kentucky, after a car became submerged in rising flood waters

First responders are seen during a rescue mission in Oil Springs, Kentucky, after a car became submerged in rising flood waters

A car is seen dangling from a collapsed roadway in Kentucky

In Prestonsburg, Kentucky, floodwaters are seen rising into businesses

In Prestonsburg, Kentucky, floodwaters are seen rising into businesses as a car dangles from a collapsed roadway over rushing water 

The NWS in Kentucky issued a rare flash flood emergency in Todd County. Forecasters said the flood waters prompted evacuations of several homes Elkton.

‘A Flash Flood Emergency has been issued for Todd County KY. This is an extremely dangerous, life-threatening situation unfolding for the Elkton, KY and surrounding areas of the county. Do not attempt to travel in this area unless you are fleeing an area subject to evacuations,’ the NWS tweeted on Sunday. 

Also on Sunday, the NWS also issued a tornado watch for portions of Arkansas, Mississippi, Tennessee and Kentucky, saying: ‘A few tornadoes are possible, along with large hail & damaging winds.’ 

The NWS said Highway 41 south of Hopkinsville, Kentucky, was closed because it was ‘impassable due to high water over all 4 lanes’

In Murray, Kentucky, local authorities reported flooding of homes, businesses and major highways. 

First responders rescued five people, including an infant, from a truck that was trapped in flood waters in DeKalb County, which is about 60 miles southeast of Nashville, Tennessee. Authorities said the vehicle was swept off the road by rising flood waters and became partially submerged in a creek. 

In another water rescue, a mother and her 11-year-old daughter were taken to safety after being trapped in high flood waters in Jackson County late Sunday night. 

Rescuers from Jackson County Rescue Squad and other agencies responded to an area along Flatt Dyer Road around 10pm. 

First responders rescued five people, including an infant, from a truck (pictured) that was trapped in flood waters in DeKalb County, which is about 60 miles southeast of Nashville, Tennessee

First responders rescued five people, including an infant, from a truck (pictured) that was trapped in flood waters in DeKalb County, which is about 60 miles southeast of Nashville, Tennessee

Authorities said the vehicle (pictured) was swept off the road by rising flood waters and became partially submerged in a creek

Authorities said the vehicle (pictured) was swept off the road by rising flood waters and became partially submerged in a creek

In another water rescue, a mother and her 11-year-old daughter were taken to safety after being trapped in high flood waters in Jackson County late Sunday night

In another water rescue, a mother and her 11-year-old daughter were taken to safety after being trapped in high flood waters in Jackson County late Sunday night

A first responder is seen standing in rushing floodwaters holding the young girl as her mom is seen sitting in the driver's seat of the vehicle

A first responder is seen standing in rushing floodwaters holding the young girl as her mom is seen sitting in the driver’s seat of the vehicle  

The first responder is then seen rescuing the mother after getting her daughter to safety

The first responder is then seen rescuing the mother after getting her daughter to safety 

This aerial image shows a view of flooding on Saturday after nearly three inches of rainfall in Kentucky

This aerial image shows a view of flooding on Saturday after nearly three inches of rainfall in Kentucky 

Homes were left surrounded by flood waters on Saturday after heavy downpours in Kentucky

Homes were left surrounded by flood waters on Saturday after heavy downpours in Kentucky

In Texas, up to three inches of rainfall is predicted to fall in parts of the state through Tuesday. 

Forecasters said they are ‘continuing to keep an eye on rainfall over the Sabine, Neches, and Trinity rivers for possible out-of-bank flows and minor flooding early this week’.

In West Virginia, flood waters began entering several homes in Pennsboro while some roads were blocked by up to three feet of water in Mineral County, according to Weather.com

A reservoir also overflowed onto Highway 34 near the town of Hurricane.

First responders have conducted at least two water rescues in West Virginia. 

In other parts of the US, several roads were closed due to high flood waters in Switzerland County, Indiana, and Pike County, Ohio. 

First responders in Wittensville, Kentucky, went door-to-door to make sure residents had evacuated

First responders in Wittensville, Kentucky, went door-to-door to make sure residents had evacuated 

At least two people were rescued from a partially submerged vehicle in Wittensville, Kentucky

At least two people were rescued from a partially submerged vehicle in Wittensville, Kentucky 

One firefighter is seen holding a terrified dog during a rescue over the weekend in Kentucky

Firefighters are seen rescuing a dog over the weekend

Firefighters were also seen rescuing a dog from the vehicle in Wittensville, Kentucky 

In addition to the rainfall received by several states already, forecasters warned that the threat isn’t over. 

The heaviest additional rain will fall through Monday morning in parts of Kentucky, West Virginia, Tennessee, Arkansas, Louisiana, Mississippi and Alabama, according to Weather.com.

Up to three inches of additional rain will fall in some areas. 

Severe thunderstorms are expected to hover over parts of Texas, Oklahoma, Arkansas, Louisiana, Mississippi, Tennessee, Alabama and Kentucky through Monday morning. 

The storms threaten to bring damaging thunderstorm winds, tornadoes and large hail. 

Meanwhile, the Northeast is being warned to brace for colder weather by Tuesday and snow squalls. 

Severe thunderstorms are expected to hover over parts of Texas, Oklahoma, Arkansas, Louisiana, Mississippi, Tennessee, Alabama and Kentucky through Monday morning

Severe thunderstorms are expected to hover over parts of Texas, Oklahoma, Arkansas, Louisiana, Mississippi, Tennessee, Alabama and Kentucky through Monday morning

In addition to the rainfall received by several states already, forecasters warned that the threat isn't over. The heaviest additional rain will fall through Monday morning in parts of Kentucky, West Virginia, Tennessee, Arkansas, Louisiana, Mississippi and Alabama

In addition to the rainfall received by several states already, forecasters warned that the threat isn’t over. The heaviest additional rain will fall through Monday morning in parts of Kentucky, West Virginia, Tennessee, Arkansas, Louisiana, Mississippi and Alabama 

Up to three inches of additional rain will fall in some areas

Up to three inches of additional rain will fall in some areas

Meanwhile, the Northeast is being warned to brace for colder weather by Tuesday and snow squalls (depicted top right)

Meanwhile, the Northeast is being warned to brace for colder weather by Tuesday and snow squalls (depicted top right) 

Floodwaters are seen in West Liberty, Kentucky, which is still under flood warnings until Monday afternoon

Rising water is seen in Kentucky

Floodwaters are seen in West Liberty, Kentucky, which is still under flood warnings until Monday afternoon 

A road was flooded by water in Prestonsburg, Kentucky, after heavy rainfall over the weekend

A road was flooded by water in Prestonsburg, Kentucky, after heavy rainfall over the weekend 

First responders survey dangerous roadways covered with floodwater in Prestonsburg, Kentucky

First responders survey dangerous roadways covered with floodwater in Prestonsburg, Kentucky 

A large body of flood water is seen covering a road in Prestonsburg, Kentucky

A large body of flood water is seen covering a road in Prestonsburg, Kentucky 

A quick-moving area of snow is expected to push through the Great Lakes region through Monday night.   

‘As this very cold air moves over the modestly warm lakes, heavier snow showers will develop downwind. Snow squalls will be possible late Monday afternoon and continuing into Monday evening, especially across Upstate New York,’ AccuWeather Meteorologist Brett Rossio said. 

Rossio added that ‘some of the squalls this week will be intense enough to threaten whiteout conditions and drop visibility to near zero at times’.

Forecasters are predicting lighter snow showers across parts of Pennsylvania, Massachusetts, Vermont, New Hampshire and Maine. 

A quick snow shower could reach parts of eastern Pennsylvania and northwestern New Jersey.



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