Katrina Produces Heavy
Rainfall, Gusty Winds
The center of Tropical Depression Katrina passed near Hopkinsville, KY around
noon Tuesday, Aug. 30. Click here for the
advisory archive on Katrina from the National Hurricane Center. The
depression produced widespread rainfall amounts from 3 to 5 inches along and
southeast of the Ohio River, with isolated amounts to 10 inches near
Hopkinsville, KY. Below is a rainfall graphic...click on it for the large
FLOODING and WIND REPORTS...
Some of the most significant flooding occurred in Trigg, Christian, and Todd
Counties of western KY on Mon., August 29 as the initial outer bands of
Katrina were arriving.
- One fatality occurred in Hopkinsville, when a 10-year-old girl
drowned while playing near an overflowing drainage ditch.
- In Christian County, especially in and near Hopkinsville, a number
of homes and businesses were evacuated.
- Numerous roads were closed by state highway officials in Calloway, Trigg, Christian,
and Todd Counties (Tennessee border counties).
- As of noon Aug. 29, 6 to 8 inches of rain had already fallen in a
narrow east/west band across Christian and Todd Counties. A co-operative
observer in Hopkinsville measured 6.47 inches in the 24-period ending
- Rainfall reports for the 24-hour period ending at 7 A.M. on Aug. 30
available here. The highest total was 5.20 inches at Elkton,
Kentucky, followed by 4.15 inches at Cadiz, KY. These cities are located
within 25 miles of Hopkinsville.
- Peak wind gusts were generally around 40 MPH. At Hopkinsville, the
peak wind gust on August 30 was 44 MPH. Many other locations in
western Kentucky and southwest Indiana reported gusts from 35 to 40 MPH.
An unofficial measurement of 52 MPH was reported near Paducah, KY, and
another unofficial gust of around 70 MPH was measured along Kentucky
Lake in Calloway County.
- A number of power outages were reported throughout western Kentucky.
Thousands of people lost power; the outages were caused by tree limbs on
- Scattered trees and limbs were blown down in southeast Illinois,
taking down a few power lines.