The main threat of severe weather for the rest of Friday, April 3 appears to be gusty winds and hail to the size of golf balls, but isolated tornadoes are possible as well.
On our northern counties of the Heartland, from Poplar Bluff to Cape Girardeau to Marion and north of that line, the tornado threat has already passed.
Any severe weather would likely be in the form of hail up to quarter size and the chance of that occurring is very small.
Flood warnings and watches remain in effect for parts of Kentucky as heavy rains that fell across much of the state overnight resulted in numerous stranded motorists rescues and residential evacuations.
The State Emergency Operations Center, located in Frankfort, was activated to Level Four early this morning to provide increased situational awareness and coordination availability to any counties which may need assistance.
Jefferson County MetroSafe officials reported as many as 162 water rescues and 59 stranded motorists as many streets were impassible due to high water. At MetroSafe's request, the Kentucky National Guard provided four high axle trucks to assist in the water rescues.
Officials reported that a camper lost her life overnight as a result of a tree limb falling on the tent in which she and her family were sleeping at the Natural Bridge State Park Middle Fork Campground in Powell County. Another person in the tent suffered a broken pelvis.
In Lee County rescue workers are searching for a vehicle that has been reportedly swept away in a flooded stream which may possibly have two people in the vehicle. Also in Lee County, another person was evacuated from her residence due to high water.
In other parts of the state: Franklin County emergency management officials reported several roads closed in the southern part of the county due to flooding. Rescue workers led 16 students to safety after a Grant County school bus became surrounded by high water. Officials say the students were never in imminent danger. In Wolfe County, rescuers were called to assist with moving livestock that were stranded in high water.
The National Weather Service is forecasting the potential of additional storms for later this afternoon which could bring more heavy rains and a risk of severe thunderstorms. Along with high winds, these storms could also produce possible tornadoes.
Those living along Kentucky waterways are encouraged to monitor local media and NOAA Weather Alert Radios for updates and warnings. Citizens need to be prepared to take appropriate action if necessary. Drivers who encounter flooded roadways should: STOP, TURN AROUND, DON'T DROWN! Road conditions throughout the state can be found on the Kentucky Transportation Cabinet's website at www.511.ky.gov , by calling 511 in Kentucky or 1-866-737-3767 for out-of-state callers.
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