Fayette County

Harvey remnants arrive; flood warnings already issued

National Weather Service

More updates in new story on Friday's Harvey developments in Kentucky.

Update: Harvey’s rain and wind moved into Kentucky early Friday, triggering flash flood warnings in some counties where 4 to 6 inches fell, according to the National Weather Service.

The hardest hit areas included Logan, Butler and Warren counties, including Bowling Green, and 1 to 2 inches of additional rain was expected.

WKYT meteorologist Chris Bailey said many areas will average 2 inches to 5 inches of rain, with lighter amounts in the east and southeast. The National Weather Service still called for

Earlier story: The remnants of tropical storm Harvey will drop 2 to 6 inches of rain across most of the state, with some higher amounts possible, the National Weather Service said in an updated forecast Thursday afternoon.

The heaviest rain will fall across Central and Western Kentucky from late Thursday night through Friday afternoon, with some rain lingering into Saturday morning.

Fayette and surrounding counties are expected to get 3 to 4 inches from the storm, the weather service said.

Flash flooding is the primary risk, and significant river flooding is unlikely, according to the weather service. A flash flood watch is in effect for much of the state from Thursday evening through late Friday night.

The Green, Barren and Rough river basins are likely to see the greatest river rises, the weather service said.

Winds brought by the storm are expected to range from 15 to 25 mph, with gusts of 30 to 40 mph across Central Kentucky.

The weather service said the threat of an isolated tornado, particularly in the Lake Cumberland area, or wind gusts over 60 mph is low.

Kentucky Emergency Management activated the state Emergency Operations Center on Thursday afternoon to monitor the weather system, the agency said in a news release.

“By activating our state emergency operations center, we are positioning ourselves forward to respond quickly and efficiently should the need arise,” said KYEM Director Michael Dossett.

One of Lexington’s biggest outdoor music events, the Red, White & Boom country music festival, is set to go on Friday through Sunday at Whitaker Bank Ballpark. Tickets to the festival say “Rain or Shine,” and Michael Jordan, regional senior vice president of iHeartMedia and one of the principal organizers of the event, said that is the case.

“We plan for rain every year, and we get lucky about 60 percent of the time,” he said. “Most of the time we play through it.”

Jordan said that if there is lightning within 10 miles of the ballpark or excessive wind, the show might be delayed, and some artists’ sets might be cut short. But Jordan said he cannot foresee a circumstance in which a night of the festival would be canceled or postponed. Jordan added that as of Thursday, Friday’s concert headlined by Luke Bryan is the primary concern.

Herald-Leader arts writer and editor Rich Copley contributed to this report. Karla Ward: 859-231-3314, @HLpublicsafety

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