Flooding Rains & Severe Weather Outbreak

Saturday September 23rd - Sunday September 24th, 2006

A powerful storm system over the Upper Midwest brought a deluge of rainfall to the Bluegrass state from Friday September 22nd through the early morning hours of Sunday September 24th.  The rain began on Friday as a large area of showers and thunderstorms moved northeast across the area with a warm front.  The hardest hit areas were north of the Mountain Parkway where up to an inch of rain fell Friday.  After a brief lull, two distinct waves of rain and thunderstorms pounded east Kentucky, the first hitting Saturday morning and the second Saturday evening.  When all was said and done, storm total rainfall exceeded 6 inches in some areas.

Saturday Morning:

A strong low-level jet helped push abundant Gulf of Mexico moisture north overnight Friday night and early Saturday morning.  A large area of moderate to heavy rainfall began over western Kentucky and pushed northeast, overspreading the east half of the state during the early morning hours.  While a few thunderstorms were observed, no severe weather was reported.  The big story was the heavy rainfall, which was centered along and north of the mountain parkway.  Rainfall rates 2 inches an hour or more were observed for several hours during the early morning hours and this pushed creeks and streams out of their banks flooding roads and homes and forcing some to evacuate in Montgomery and Rowan counties. 

Surface Chart & Radar - 8 AM EDT Sat Sept 23rd

Surface Chart & Radar - 8 AM EDT Sept 23rd

 

24-Hr Rainfall ending 8 AM EDT Sat Sept 23rd

24-Hr Rainfall Ending 8 AM EDT Sept 23rd

 

The following reports of flooding were received at the Jackson Weather Office Saturday morning...

..TIME...   ...EVENT...      ...CITY LOCATION...     ...LAT.LON...
..DATE...   ....MAG....      ..COUNTY LOCATION..ST.. ...SOURCE....
..REMARKS..
0230 AM     FLASH FLOOD      6 W OWINGSVILLE         38.14N 83.87W
09/23/2006                   BATH               KY   LAW ENFORCEMENT
COUNTY DISPATCH REPORTED BALD EAGLE BRIDGE UNDER WATER.
ALSO RESIDENTS EVACUATED FROM HOMES IN WESTERN PORTIONS
OF THE COUNTY. U.S. HWY 60 UNDER 3 FEET OF RUNNING WATER
AND HWY 36 IN SHARPSBURG UNDER WATER. BOTH HIGHWAYS
IMPASSIBLE. EVENTS BEGAN WITH FLOODING OF HIGHWAYS AT
ABOUT 230 AM.
0330 AM     FLASH FLOOD      MOUNT STERLING          38.06N 83.95W
09/23/2006                   MONTGOMERY         KY   LAW ENFORCEMENT
FLASH FLOODING COUNTY WIDE. ROADS IN AND OUT OF MOUNT
STERLING IMPASSIBLE AND CLOSED. SEVERAL EVACUATIONS OF
RESIDENTS FROM HOMES ACROSS THE COUNTY. EVENTS BEGAN
AROUND 3 AM.
0330 AM     FLASH FLOOD      HAYS CROSSING           38.24N 83.45W
09/23/2006                   ROWAN              KY   EMERGENCY MNGR
FIVE RESDIENTS EVACUATED FROM HOMES IN HAYS CROSSING AREA
DUE TO FLOODING.
0330 AM     FLASH FLOOD      MOUNT STERLING          38.06N 83.95W
09/23/2006                   MONTGOMERY         KY   LAW ENFORCEMENT
MULTIPLE STREETS STILL CLOSED IN MOUNT STERLING AND ROADS
CLOSED ACROSS THE COUNTY ALL DUE TO HIGH WATER. STREET
CLOSURES IN MOUNT STERLING INCLUDE EAST MAIN FROM WILLOW
ST TO HIGH ST, HINKSTON DOWN TO GARDEN SPRING, AND QUEEN
ST AT WYKAGLE. COUNTY ROADS STILL CLOSED INCLUDE HINKSTON
PIKE, HOWARDS MILL ROAD, ROGERS MILL, CECIL PIKE, AND
STEPSTONE ROAD.
0421 AM     FLASH FLOOD      5 W FRENCHBURG          37.95N 83.71W
09/23/2006                   MENIFEE            KY   LAW ENFORCEMENT
HIGHWAY 460 WEST CLOSED FOR FLASH FLOOD. ALSO ROUTE 36
HAD WATER OVER ROAD WITH WATER CLOSE TO HOMES BUT NOT
FLOODING.
0615 AM     FLASH FLOOD      WRIGLEY                 38.02N 83.27W
09/23/2006                   MORGAN             KY   LAW ENFORCEMENT
HIGHWAY 711 IMPASSABLE DUE TO FLOODING.
0810 AM     FLASH FLOOD      LONDON                  37.13N 84.08W
09/23/2006                   LAUREL             KY   LAW ENFORCEMENT
SEVERAL ROADS CLOSED IN LONDON...INCLUDING TOBACCO
ROAD...MIDDLEGROUND WAY AND COOLIDGE.
 
Saturday Night:

Skies cleared behind the initial wave of rain during the afternoon hours. This allowed the atmosphere to quickly destabilize, setting the stage for round 2. A line of thunderstorms moved from western Kentucky into the coalfields by evening.  Very heavy rainfall accompanied the storms, along with high winds and some hail.  A funnel cloud was also reported just north of London, KY.  Overall, additional rainfall amounts Saturday night averaged around an inch, with heavier amounts of over 2 inches recorded generally south of the Hal Rogers Parkway.  With a saturated ground in place, this additional rainfall ran off quickly causing additional flooding problems.


Surface Chart & Radar - 8 PM EDT Sat Sept 23rd

Surface Chart & Radar - 8 AM EDT Sept 24th


24-Hr Rainfall ending 8 AM EDT Sun Sept 24th

24-Hr Rainfall Ending 8 AM EDT Sept 24th

The following severe weather and flooding reports were received by the Jackson Weather Office
Saturday afternoon and evening...
..TIME...   ...EVENT...      ...CITY LOCATION...     ...LAT.LON...
..DATE...   ....MAG....      ..COUNTY LOCATION..ST.. ...SOURCE....
..REMARKS..
0433 PM     TSTM WND DMG     8 NW IRVINE             37.78N 84.07W
09/23/2006                   ESTILL             KY   LAW ENFORCEMENT
NUMEROUS TREES DOWN ALONG NOLAND CREEK...OLD FOX AND NEW
FOX ROADS. ALSO...TREE ON HOUSE ON DRY RIDGE ROAD.
0443 PM     TSTM WND DMG     STANTON                 37.85N 83.86W
09/23/2006                   POWELL             KY   AMATEUR RADIO
COUNTY DISPATCH OFFICE REPORTED NUMEROUS TREES DOWN
ACROSS THE COUNTY
0450 PM     TSTM WND DMG     MOREHEAD                38.19N 83.44W
09/23/2006                   ROWAN              KY   LAW ENFORCEMENT
TWO TREES DOWN ON EASTERN END OF ROWAN COUNTY.
ALSO...TREE DOWN ALONG FLEMING COUNTY LINE AND TREE DOWN
IN NORTH MOREHEAD.
0455 PM     HAIL             4 S FAUBUSH             37.01N 84.82W
09/23/2006  E1.00 INCH       PULASKI            KY   TRAINED SPOTTER
0503 PM     TSTM WND DMG     FRENCHBURG              37.95N 83.62W
09/23/2006                   MENIFEE            KY   LAW ENFORCEMENT
COUNTY DISPATCH OFFICE REPORTED A TREE DOWN IN
FRENCHBURG...AND ANTOHER TREE DOWN ALONG HIGHWAY 1274
NORTHEAST OF FRENCHBURG.
0505 PM     TSTM WND DMG     POMEROYTON              37.87N 83.52W
09/23/2006                   MENIFEE            KY   LAW ENFORCEMENT
COUNTY DISPATCH OFFICE REPORTED A TREE DOWN ALONG HIGHWAY
746.
0510 PM     HAIL             SOMERSET                37.08N 84.61W
09/23/2006  E0.75 INCH       PULASKI            KY   LAW ENFORCEMENT
PENNY SIZE HAIL ON BODOCK ROAD.
0510 PM     TSTM WND DMG     FRENCHBURG              37.95N 83.62W
09/23/2006                   MENIFEE            KY   LAW ENFORCEMENT
TREE DOWN IN FRENCHBURG...HIGHWAY 1276 NEAR BEAVER...AND
HIGHWAY 746 NEAR POMEROYTON.
0522 PM     TSTM WND DMG     MAYTOWN                 37.85N 83.47W
09/23/2006                   MORGAN             KY   LAW ENFORCEMENT
SEVERAL TREES DOWN ON HWY 2027 NEAR MAYTOWN.
0530 PM     FLASH FLOOD      8 NW IRVINE             37.78N 84.07W
09/23/2006                   ESTILL             KY   LAW ENFORCEMENT
WATER OVER NOLAND CREEK ROAD MAKING IT IMPASSABLE.
0537 PM     TSTM WND DMG     MCKEE                   37.43N 84.00W
09/23/2006                   JACKSON            KY   LAW ENFORCEMENT
COUNTY DISPATCH OFFICE REPORTED 2 TREES BLOWN DOWN ALONG
HIGHWAY 421 NEAR THE HIGH SCHOOL
0545 PM     FLASH FLOOD      BOWEN                   37.84N 83.77W
09/23/2006                   POWELL             KY   LAW ENFORCEMENT
REPORTED BY DISPATCH. HIGHWAY 15 AT THE BOWEN NORTH FORK
CUTOVER CLOSED DUE TO HIGH WATER.
0548 PM     TSTM WND DMG     1 E EARNESTVILLE        37.49N 83.81W
09/23/2006                   LEE                KY   LAW ENFORCEMENT
COUNTY DISPATCH REPORTED A TREE DOWN AT ROUTE 587 AND
BRANDENBURG ROAD
0551 PM     TSTM WND DMG     1 NE IDA MAY            37.53N 83.75W
09/23/2006                   LEE                KY   LAW ENFORCEMENT
COUNTY DISPATCH OFFICE REPORTED A TREE DOWN ON TINCHER
HILL ROAD
0555 PM     FLASH FLOOD      MONTICELLO              36.84N 84.85W
09/23/2006                   WAYNE              KY   LAW ENFORCEMENT
SEVERAL PLACES WITH 6 TO 7 INCHES OF WATER OVER ROADS
NORTHEAST...EAST AND WEST OF MONTICELLO. ALSO 6 TO 8
INCHES OF WATER ON EAST 92 ON SHARP TURN NEAR COLLETTS
HILL.
0605 PM     FUNNEL CLOUD     PITTSBURG               37.16N 84.11W
09/23/2006                   LAUREL             KY   PUBLIC
FUNNEL CLOUD ALMOST REACHING THE GROUND.
0614 PM     FLASH FLOOD      1 NW HARGETT            37.79N 84.02W
09/23/2006                   ESTILL             KY   LAW ENFORCEMENT
REPORTED BY DISPATCH. SIX INCHES OF WATER OVER HARGETT
PARVIN ROAD...ROAD CLOSED.
0558 PM     TSTM WND DMG     1 N ISLAND CITY         37.38N 83.77W
09/23/2006                   OWSLEY             KY   CO-OP OBSERVER
TREE DOWN ON CAR ON HIGHWAY 1350.
0616 PM     FLASH FLOOD      2 SSW VAUGHNS MILL      37.79N 83.93W
09/23/2006                   POWELL             KY   LAW ENFORCEMENT
REPORTED BY DISPATCH. HARDWICKS CREEK ROAD CLOSED DUE TO
HIGH WATER.
0628 PM     TSTM WND DMG     1 W LONDON              37.13N 84.10W
09/23/2006                   LAUREL             KY   LAW ENFORCEMENT
ONE TREE DOWN ALONG HWY 80.
0638 PM     TSTM WND DMG     7 SSE SALYERSVILLE      37.65N 83.01W
09/23/2006                   MAGOFFIN           KY   LAW ENFORCEMENT
COUNTY DISPATCH OFFICE REPORTED 2 TREES DOWN NEAR
SWAMPTON
0645 PM     TSTM WND DMG     EMLYN                   36.70N 84.14W
09/23/2006                   WHITLEY            KY   LAW ENFORCEMENT
COUNTY DISPATCH OFFICE REPORTED A TREE DOWN ALONG ROUTE
25
0656 PM     FLASH FLOOD      1 NE HARGETT            37.79N 84.00W
09/23/2006                   ESTILL             KY   LAW ENFORCEMENT
REPORTED BY DISPATCH. ONE FOOT OF WATER OVER IRONWORKS
ROAD OFF HIGHWAY 82.
0700 PM     TSTM WND DMG     WILLIAMSBURG            36.74N 84.17W
09/23/2006                   WHITLEY            KY   LAW ENFORCEMENT
TWO TREES DOWN NEAR WILLIAMSBURG.
0800 PM     FLASH FLOOD      WOODBINE                36.90N 84.09W
09/23/2006                   WHITLEY            KY   LAW ENFORCEMENT
REPORTED BY DISPATCH. HIGHWAY 26 COVERED WITH SIX TO
EIGHT INCHES OF WATER IN THREE DIFFERENT AREAS. HIGHWAY
1064 AT HIGHWAY 6 ALSO COVERED WITH SIX TO EIGHT INCHES
OF WATER. WATER IS STILL RISING AT THESE LOCATIONS.
0815 PM     FLASH FLOOD      WOODBINE                36.90N 84.09W
09/23/2006                   WHITLEY            KY   LAW ENFORCEMENT
REPORTED BY DISPATCH. ARCHER STREET IN WOODBINE AND FROG
LEVEL ROAD CLOSED BY 6 TO 8 INCHES OF WATER OVER THE
ROADS.
0850 PM     FLASH FLOOD      WOODBINE                36.90N 84.09W
09/23/2006                   WHITLEY            KY   LAW ENFORCEMENT
REPORTED BY DISPATCH. HIGHWAY 1064 AND HIGHWAY 6 NEAR
FIRE DEPARTMENT...HIGHWAY 26 NEAR THE BYPASS..FROG
LEVEL...AND ARCHER ROAD REMAIN COVERED BY WATER.
Storm Totals:

The rain came to an end by Sunday afternoon as a cold front swept across the state. The graphic below shows an estimate of storm total rainfall for the 72 hour period ending 8 AM EDT Monday Morning.

Storm Total Rainfall

Storm Total Rainfall - 72-Hrs Ending 8 AM EDT Sept 25th

Below is a table of rainfall totals from selected cooperative weather observer locations and airports across eastern Kentucky from 7 AM EDT Friday through 7 AM EDT Sunday:

JACKSON WEATHER OFFICE...                  2.60 INCHES.
LONDON CORBIN AIRPORT...                   3.34 INCHES.
BARBOURVILLE...                            2.64 INCHES.
BEATTYVILLE 4N...                          3.15 INCHES.
BAXTER...                                  1.72 INCHES.
CARR CREEK...                              2.02 INCHES.
CAVE RUN LAKE...                           5.10 INCHES.
CLOSPLINT 4 ESE...                         1.87 INCHES.
CLAY CITY 1WNW...                          5.18 INCHES.
EZEL...                                    3.38 INCHES.
FLEMINGSBURG 2N...                         2.45 INCHES.
FREDVILLE...                               2.10 INCHES.
FISHTRAP LAKE...                           1.04 INCHES.
GIMLET...                                  3.62 INCHES.
HEIDELBERG 2N...                           3.04 INCHES.
ISLAND CITY...                             2.33 INCHES.
INEZ 2E...                                 3.17 INCHES.
JEREMIAH 1S...                             2.62 INCHES.
MARTIN 1S...                               2.10 INCHES.
MARY...                                    3.03 INCHES.
MONTICELLO 3NE...                          3.87 INCHES.
MOUNT VERNON...                            4.05 INCHES.
ONEIDA...                                  2.87 INCHES.
PAINTSVILLE 1E...                          2.78 INCHES.
PAINTSVILLE LAKE...                        2.46 INCHES.
SKYLINE...                                 2.25 INCHES.
SLADE 5NE...                               4.65 INCHES.
STEARNS 2S...                              2.87 INCHES.
BOONEVILLE 1SE...                          2.44 INCHES.
WEST LIBERTY 3NW...                        4.35 INCHES.
WEST LIBERTY WATER PLANT...                5.40 INCHES.
WHITESBURG...                              2.19 INCHES.
WHITESBURG 2SE...                          2.15 INCHES.
WILLIAMSBURG 1NW...                        2.31 INCHES

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