Flooding Possible Into Thursday Evening From the Ohio Valley to the Mid-South

Chris Dolce
Published: February 8, 2019

Flooding rain is once again possible into Thursday evening from the Ohio Valley into Tennessee on the warm side of Winter Storm Lucian.

Happening Now

A band of rain is moving through the Upper Ohio Valley and the mid-South triggering some areas of flooding.

Rain is moving into the Nashville metro areas, which saw areas of flooding on Wednesday night.

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Street and yards were flooded in Bloomington, Indiana. Interstate 74 in Adams County, Indiana, was reported flooded in multiple locations. A number of other county roads in Adams and Bartholomew counties were flooded. Vehicles were flooded near the campus of Vincennes University.

Severe thunderstorms took roofs off several buildings and snapped power poles in Oakland City, Indiana, about 30 miles northeast of Evansville, on Thursday.

High pressure over the western Atlantic Ocean will pump abundant moisture toward a stalled front draped across the Ohio Valley. A couple of waves of low pressure will ride along that front as a southward plunge of the jet stream arrives from the West.

The heavy rainfall is being produced by a frontal boundary, which will slowly lift northward into the Ohio Valley.

Waves of low pressure will move along a front in the Ohio Valley midweek while tapping into moisture from the Gulf of Mexico.

Urban, poor drainage and low-lying areas will be most prone to any flooding problems that develop.

Flooding, Severe Weather Recap

Heavy rain Wednesday night triggered flash flooding in several areas of Tennessee, prompting water rescues in the Nashville metro area, where over a month's worth of rain fell in less than 24 hours.

Numerous roads were closed in the city of Mount Juliet, about 15 miles east-northeast of downtown Nashville. Floodwater inundated buildings in the nearby city of Lebanon. Roads were washed out and schools were canceled in the East Tennessee town of Rogersville.

In addition to the flooding, two EF0 tornadoes were confirmed in Middle Tennessee by the National Weather Service. The first EF0 tornado struck Milton, Tennessee, east of Nashville, Wednesday afternoon. The second EF0 tornado touched down in Tuckers Crossroads, Tennessee, also east of Nashville, late Wednesday evening.

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Early Thursday morning, a line of severe thunderstorms flared up and swept through the Dallas/Fort Worth metro area, dumping hail just over quarter-size in Denton County and producing a 58-mph wind gust at Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport.

A tree was downed on a home and a train was derailed near Dexter, Missouri, and trees and power lines were downed in parts of the Little Rock, Arkansas, metro area Thursday morning.


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