3:28pm

Thu August 30, 2012
Environmental Watchdog

Hurricane Leftovers Could Drench Kentucky

Remnants from Hurricane Isaac will travel from Louisiana to Arkansas, then north to Missouri by Friday. Bands of rain could hit parts of Kentucky beginning Friday but the heaviest rain in Kentucky is expected from Friday night through Sunday night, the National Weather Service office in Louisville said.

Some showers could become thunderstorms during the period and localized flash flooding could develop over the weekend, the weather service said.

Central Kentucky is likely to see 1-3 inches of rain with some areas getting more if storms stall out, the NWS said.

Severe weather is not expected but some storms could produce gusty winds and the weather service said there is a slight chance for a tornado but called the threat minimal. The main hazard, the weather service said, is heavy rain and flooding potential.

Meanwhile, the weather service office in Paducah said rain will begin in Western Kentucky Friday afternoon. Amounts from 2-4 inches are expected. Severe weather is not expected but high winds cannot be ruled out.

The rain is expected to have minimal impact on Eastern Kentucky. But that is not the case for Sunday afternoon's big football game between UK and the University of Louisville at Papa John's Cardinal Stadium in Louisville. Storms are possible at game time at 3:30 p.m. Just how that impacts the game is anyone's guess at this point.