Flash Flood Watch
Issued by NWS Paducah, KY

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Flood Watch
National Weather Service Paducah KY
416 AM CDT Sun Apr 30 2017

...Serious flooding situation continues to evolve across southeast
Missouri and southern Illinois...

Jefferson-Wayne IL-Edwards-Wabash-Perry IL-Franklin-Hamilton-
Union KY-Henderson-Daviess-Perry MO-Bollinger-Cape Girardeau-
Wayne MO-Carter-Ripley-Butler-Stoddard-Scott-Mississippi-
New Madrid-
Including the cities of Mount Vernon, Fairfield, Albion,
Mount Carmel, Pinckneyville, West Frankfort, McLeansboro, Carmi,
Carbondale, Murphysboro, Herrin, Harrisburg, Shawneetown,
Jonesboro, Vienna, Golconda, Elizabethtown, Cairo, Mound City,
Metropolis, Fort Branch, Petersburg, Poseyville, Evansville,
Boonville, Rockport, Hickman, Clinton, Bardwell, Wickliffe,
Paducah, Morganfield, Henderson, Owensboro, Perryville,
Marble Hill, Cape Girardeau, Jackson, Piedmont, Van Buren,
Doniphan, Poplar Bluff, Bloomfield, Sikeston, Charleston,
and New Madrid
416 AM CDT Sun Apr 30 2017


The Flash Flood Watch continues for

* Portions of southern Illinois, southwest Indiana, western
  Kentucky, and southeast Missouri, including the following
  areas, in southern Illinois, Alexander, Edwards, Franklin,
  Gallatin, Hamilton, Hardin, Jackson, Jefferson, Johnson,
  Massac, Perry IL, Pope, Pulaski, Saline, Union, Wabash, Wayne
  IL, White, and Williamson. In southwest Indiana, Gibson, Pike,
  Posey, Spencer, Vanderburgh, and Warrick. In western Kentucky,
  Ballard, Carlisle, Daviess, Fulton, Henderson, Hickman,
  McCracken, and Union KY. In southeast Missouri, Bollinger,
  Butler, Cape Girardeau, Carter, Mississippi, New Madrid, Perry
  MO, Ripley, Scott, Stoddard, and Wayne MO.

* Through late tonight

* The Flash Flood Watch remains in effect for all of southeastern
  Missouri, southern Illinois, southwestern Indiana, and a few
  border counties of Western Kentucky along the Ohio and
  Mississippi Rivers. Another thunderstorm complex early this
  morning is dumping heavy rain across the watch area, which is
  worsening flooding conditions. Significant additional rainfall
  is likely today, which could produce locally life-threatening
  flash flooding. The Current River in the Ozark foothills of
  southeast Missouri is forecast to reach a record flood crest
  today. Five to nine inches of rain have already fallen over
  parts of the watch area in the past couple days, and an
  additional couple of inches are expected to occur before the
  storm system exits the area tonight. Again, the heaviest
  rainfall is expected in the Missouri Ozark Foothills. Locally
  higher amounts are also possible where numerous thunderstorms
  move across the same area.

* In addition to flash flooding of roadways and streams, the heavy
  rainfall is expected to cause further rises on many of the area
  rivers, particularly the smaller rivers in southeast Missouri,
  such as the Saint Francis, Black, and Current Rivers. Given the
  widespread rainfall across the region, other larger river
  systems, such as the Mississippi and Ohio Rivers will see rises
  in water levels occur in early May. Due to the prolonged period
  of rain, some of the flash flood warnings that are issued may be
  converted to areal flood warnings after the rain diminishes.


A Flash Flood Watch means that conditions may develop that lead
to flash flooding. Flash flooding is a very dangerous situation.

You should monitor later forecasts and be prepared to take action
once Flash Flood Warnings are issued.



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