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Area expects more, lighter rain

By Leanne Fuller lfuller@paducahsun.com

Storms flooded roads in several western Kentucky counties Monday morning. While chances for severe weather have dropped over the next few days, a National Weather Service official said showers and storms remain in the forecast.

Deanna Lindstrom of the agency's Paducah office said people should be wary of worsening flooding.

"Any rain that does fall is going to aggravate it because there's just no place for (the water) to go because (the ground's) so saturated," Lindstrom said.

By 7 p.m. Monday, Lindstrom said, 3.39 inches of rain had fallen at Barkley Regional Airport. The National Weather Service estimates that the Paducah area receives an average of 4.76 inches for the month of April.

By Monday afternoon, several roads were closed in McCracken, Calloway, Carlisle, Fulton, Graves and Hickman counties. However, emergency management officials had received few damage reports.

Calloway County dispatcher Dan Galloway said he'd received two reports of houses struck by lightning - one Sunday night and one Monday morning - but neither resulted in major damage. The only weather-related wreck he'd heard about involved a car that hydroplaned and went into a ditch; a passerby pulled the car out of the ditch with no damage reported.

Carissa Vinniard, Carlisle County emergency management director, and Hickman County counterpart Shadd Byassee characterized the flooding in their counties as usual for that volume of rain.

In a traffic advisory sent Monday, Kentucky Transportation Cabinet spokesman Keith Todd said state police reported that motorists were trying to drive through 3 feet of running water over Ky. 58 at Kentucky 1283 in Graves County. Graves County emergency management director Jamey Locke warned against driving on water covered roadways and urged drivers to obey road closure and flooding signs.

"You know, floodwater is one of the most dangerous scenarios that you can encounter, and the phrase 'Turn around. Don't drown' is very applicable in most situations," Locke said. "The risk is not worth the time saved."

Lindstrom said rain chances are expected to fall throughout the week, with 50 percent today and 40 percent Wednesday. She said highs in the mid to upper 60s are expected today, followed by highs in the mid 60s Wednesday through Friday.

Highs in the low 70s are forecast for Saturday, Lindstrom said.

Contact Leanne Fuller, a Sun staff writer, at 270-575-8653.

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