Harvey rainfall floods part of subdivision
UPDATE: The rain from Harvey played a role in a fatal car crash in Laurel County Friday afternoon.
The accident occurred on Interstate 75 southbound near mile marker 38, the exit for Ky. 192 (B.W. Ridge Road),
When a van driving south hydroplaned and hit a wall, a driver of a tractor-trailer attempted to slow down to avoid the van. A utility truck slammed into the tractor-trailer.
The driver of the utility truck, Samuel Gregory, 63, of Knox County, died in the crash, Nie reported. Gregory was in a work truck owned by Stanley Pipeline of Winchester,
Pendleton also reported a collision between a vehicle and bicycle in Somerset on U.S. 27 northbound.
The bicyclist was flown to Lake Cumberland Regional Hospital. Police told WYMT/WKYT the crash was likely weather related.
In Lexington, police responded to 19 collisions between 6 and 10 a.m. on Friday. Four of those involved injuries, WKYT reported.
Here are the rain totals from 1:15 p.m. Kentucky counties affected by Harvey’s remnants, according to Kentucky Mesonet:
UPDATE: Harvey pelted some Kentucky counties Friday, flooding streets and a few buildings.
The National Weather Service in Louisville issued a wind advisory for much of the middle section of the state. The advisory, which is in effect until 5 p.m., warned of 40 mph to 45 mph wind gusts and falling trees where the ground is saturated.
The Bowling Green area has been hit the hardest by the storm. Since midnight, Warren, Logan, Barren and Todd counties all have at least 5.8 inches of rain as of 10:30 a.m., the weather service said. Logan County received 8.20 inches and Warren County accumulated 7.04 inches. The city reported on Twitter that some roads were impassable.
Schools in Allen, Butler, Logan, Simpson, Todd and Warren counties have all closed for the day,
Western Kentucky University remained open on Friday, but experienced flooding, according to the College Heights Herald. It reports flooding in several residence halls and a parking garage, as well as the Adams-Whitaker Student Publications Building.
Since midnight, 0.99 inches of rain fell in Lexington, NWS said.
Lexington can expect 2.5 to 3 more inches of rain in the storm, which will continue into Saturday morning.
The remnants of Hurricane Harvey arrived in Kentucky overnight, causing flash flooding after 4 to 9 inches fell in some counties.
The hardest hit areas were Logan, Butler and Warren counties, including Bowling Green. and 1 to 2 inches of additional rain was expected.
Lexington is expected to get 3 to 4 inches of rain, the weather service said. The heaviest of the rain will occur late morning and early afternoon.
A flood watch has been issued for much of Kentucky until Saturday morning. Significant river flooding is unlikely, according to the weather service.
Winds are expected to range from 15 to 20 mph, with gusts of 30 to 40 mph across Central Kentucky.
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.
Mike Stunson, 859-231-1324, @mike_stunson