Another round of storms brought flash flooding to several Central Kentucky counties Saturday, and more severe weather is expected over the next several days.
Storms and showers are in the forecast through Thursday.
"We're going to get several rounds of showers and storms on and off over the next several days," said Angie Lese, meteorologist for the National Weather Service in Louisville.
While stormy weather is typical for this time of year, Lese said, "to have it this many days in a row is quite abnormal."
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In Franklin and Scott counties, Saturday's flooding closed numerous streets and roads and resulted in at least two people having to be rescued after they became stranded while trying to drive through water. Officials said they had not heard of many homes being flooded, though.
A man and his dog were rescued with ropes and ladders early Saturday evening after motorists reported seeing his vehicle floating in water on Biddle Road in Scott County, said Capt. Scott Barber of the Scott County Fire Department.
The water was up to the window on the vehicle when rescue workers arrived, Barber said.
In Franklin County, a woman had to be rescued after her vehicle was swept off Bark Branch Road by fast-moving water late Saturday afternoon.
Rescue workers put a ladder between the car window and the creek bank, and the woman was able to climb out to safety, said Franklin County Emergency Management Director Deron Rambo.
Animals were being moved out of the Franklin County Humane Society's shelter Saturday night because of runoff water entering the facility, Rambo said.
Stoner Creek in Paris was under a flood warning through 3:30 p.m. Sunday, with "minor flooding" expected.
The National Weather Service said the creek was expected to reach 21.3 feet by Sunday morning. At 20 feet, the weather service said parts of the city park would flood and water would enter the yards of homes downstream from the local water plant. Flood stage is 18 feet.
Flash flood watches and warnings were issued through early Sunday morning for much of Central and North Central Kentucky, including Lexington.
"A frontal boundary will remain stalled over or just north of the Ohio River," the watch stated.
The watch said more storms and showers would develop "as waves of energy ride over the stalled frontal boundary."
Areas that get multiple periods of rainfall can expect flash flooding, "with life-threatening flooding likely as creeks and area rivers rise rapidly over roadways and bridges."
In Louisville, the Ohio River is expected to crest at almost 33 feet early Tuesday morning, causing moderate flooding, the weather service said. Flood stage is 23 feet, and the river had reached 24.4 feet by 5 p.m. Saturday, causing minor flooding. Several roads were closed Saturday, and flood gates were being put up.
Fourteen of Louisville's 16 flood pumping plants had been put in service Saturday, and the remaining two were to be put into service if the river reaches 27 feet.
Friday night's severe weather included two confirmed EF-0 tornadoes — which are the least powerful — in Woodford County. Lese did not have details about the track of those tornadoes, but she said they did not result in any injuries.
She said a tree fell on a house, but overall, the damage was relatively minor.
Fayette County also had some damage from straight line winds, Lese said.
At A.P. Suggins Bar & Grill on Romany Road, the winds broke out a large front window Friday night, forcing the restaurant to close for the evening. Manager Matt Higgins said no one was hurt and the restaurant reopened for business Saturday morning.
From 10 p.m. Thursday through 3:30 p.m. Saturday, some parts of Central Kentucky received 3 to 5 inches of rain, Lese said. Lexington got a little over 2 inches Friday and Saturday.
Sunday's forecast calls for mostly cloudy skies with a high near 76 and a low of about 60. There is a 50 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms, which could result in half an inch to three-quarters of an inch of rain for Lexington.
Monday is expected to be partly sunny, with a high near 83.
Showers and storms are to return on Tuesday and Wednesday. Highs are predicted for the upper 70s.