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HAZARDOUS WEATHER OUTLOOK FOR DOWNSTATE ILLINOIS, WITH FLOODING LIKELY

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Infrared at 7 p.m.

Posted by on Friday, April 28th, 2017 @ 6:59 pm.

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SOUTHERN ILLINOIS - The rain that's supposed to become very heavy, long-lasting and probably ark-inspiring this weekend has begun across the readership area, and flood conditions are expected to be so bad that ISP Districts 12 and 19 are even warning folks about it.

Here's the material from their press releases:

The National Weather Service has issued a forecast of heavy rain for the next several days. District 12 & 19 Commander, Captain Cory Ristvedt, would like to remind motorists to be safe when traveling through areas experiencing flooding. Motorists are urged to reduce their speed, drive with caution, and allow for extra time for travel. Excess water on the roadways can cause hazardous conditions.

The U.S. National Weather Service has posted a public service announcement (PSA) video called “Turn Around, Don’t Drown” to remind motorists of the dangers of crossing flooded roads. The PSA video and other flood-related information can be found at http://tadd.weather.gov/.

Flooding-related driving tips:

  • Check road conditions prior to your trip. (The website and phone number to call are listed below.)
  • Avoid driving through water that is over the roadway even if it seems shallow enough to pass through.
  • Be aware of debris on the roadway caused by flooding both during the flood and after water has receded.
  • If your car stalls, do not attempt to push it out; seek higher ground.

Motorists are reminded to use extreme caution when approaching stationary authorized emergency vehicles with their lights activated on the roadways. Authorized emergency vehicles include police, fire, EMS, and other emergency vehicles. It is the law to proceed with due caution, change lanes if possible, and reduce your speed. Move over and slow down. This law also includes motorists sitting on the side of the road with hazard lights flashing.

Motorists should monitor the road conditions before driving, and remember to keep emergency items inside the vehicle. A complete list of road closures can be found on the Illinois Department of Transportation’s website at www.gettingaroundillinois.com or by calling 1-800-452-4368

Here's the hazardous weather outlook and the counties impacted:

Hazardous Weather Outlook
National Weather Service Paducah KY
213 PM CDT Fri Apr 28 2017

ILZ075>078-080>094-INZ081-082-085>088-KYZ001>022-MOZ076-086-087-
100-107>112-114-291000-
Jefferson-Wayne IL-Edwards-Wabash-Perry IL-Franklin-Hamilton-
White-Jackson-Williamson-Saline-Gallatin-Union-Johnson-Pope-
Hardin-Alexander-Pulaski-Massac-Gibson-Pike-Posey-Vanderburgh-
Warrick-Spencer-Fulton-Hickman-Carlisle-Ballard-McCracken-Graves-
Livingston-Marshall-Calloway-Crittenden-Lyon-Trigg-Caldwell-
Union KY-Webster-Hopkins-Christian-Henderson-Daviess-McLean-
Muhlenberg-Todd-Perry MO-Bollinger-Cape Girardeau-Wayne MO-Carter-
Ripley-Butler-Stoddard-Scott-Mississippi-New Madrid-
213 PM CDT Fri Apr 28 2017

This Hazardous Weather Outlook is for portions of southern
Illinois, southwest Indiana, western Kentucky, and southeast
Missouri.

DAY ONE...This Afternoon and Tonight

Isolated to scattered thunderstorms are possible this afternoon
and evening, into the night time hours. Large hail, damaging
winds, and tornados may occur with any storms that become severe.

The Flash Flood Watch has been expanded to include southwest
Indiana and adjacent northwest Kentucky counties along its
immediate border. An additional 2 to 4 inches is possible across
the entire region, with perhaps 3 to as much as 5 inches
additional rainfall across the Watch area. Refer to the Watch for
more details.

DAYS TWO THROUGH SEVEN...Saturday through Thursday

A Flash Flood Watch will remain in effect through Sunday evening
for multiple rounds of thunderstorms containing very heavy rain.
Please refer to the Watch product for additional details.

Scattered severe thunderstorms will continue to be possible
periodically through much of the weekend as well. Large hail and
damaging wind gusts are expected to be the main severe weather
hazards. Isolated tornadoes cannot be ruled out.

There is a chance of thunderstorms again Wednesday. Any storms
that develop are not expected to be severe at this time, but
additional heavy rains could cause flooding issues, or impede
recovery from any antecedent flooding, from prior rains.

SPOTTER INFORMATION STATEMENT...

Spotters should be ready for activation and stay alert for
updates and requests through the weekend

Here's the material on the areas under a Flood Watch: 

Flood Watch
National Weather Service Paducah KY
1159 AM CDT Fri Apr 28 2017

...MULTIPLE ROUNDS OF SHOWERS AND THUNDERSTORMS EXPECTED THIS
WEEKEND...

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290900-
/O.CON.KPAH.FF.A.0002.170429T0000Z-170501T0600Z/
/00000.0.ER.000000T0000Z.000000T0000Z.000000T0000Z.OO/
Jefferson-Wayne IL-Edwards-Wabash-Perry IL-Franklin-Hamilton-
White-Jackson-Williamson-Saline-Gallatin-Union-Johnson-Pope-
Hardin-Alexander-Pulaski-Massac-Fulton-Hickman-Carlisle-Ballard-
McCracken-Perry MO-Bollinger-Cape Girardeau-Wayne MO-Carter-
Ripley-Butler-Stoddard-Scott-Mississippi-New Madrid-
Including the cities of Mount Vernon, Fairfield, Albion,
Mount Carmel, Pinckneyville, West Frankfort, McLeansboro, Carmi,
Carbondale, Murphysboro, Herrin, Harrisburg, Shawneetown,
Jonesboro, Vienna, Golconda, Elizabethtown, Cairo, Mound City,
Metropolis, Hickman, Clinton, Bardwell, Wickliffe, Paducah,
Perryville, Marble Hill, Cape Girardeau, Jackson, Piedmont,
Van Buren, Doniphan, Poplar Bluff, Bloomfield, Sikeston,
Charleston, and New Madrid
1159 AM CDT Fri Apr 28 2017

...FLASH FLOOD WATCH REMAINS IN EFFECT FROM 7 PM CDT THIS EVENING
THROUGH LATE SUNDAY NIGHT...

The Flash Flood Watch continues for

* Portions of southern Illinois, western Kentucky, and southeast
  Missouri, including the following areas, in southern Illinois,
  Alexander, Edwards, Franklin, Gallatin, Hamilton, Hardin,
  Jackson, Jefferson, Johnson, Massac, Perry IL, Pope, Pulaski,
  Saline, Union, Wabash, Wayne IL, White, and Williamson. In
  western Kentucky, Ballard, Carlisle, Fulton, Hickman, and
  McCracken. In southeast Missouri, Bollinger, Butler, Cape
  Girardeau, Carter, Mississippi, New Madrid, Perry MO, Ripley,
  Scott, Stoddard, and Wayne MO.

* From 7 PM CDT this evening through late Sunday night

* The Flood Watch remains in in effect for all of southeast
  Missouri and southern Illinois, and also includes the bordering
  western Kentucky counties. Numerous thunderstorms with very
  heavy rain are expected to develop later this afternoon and
  continue tonight. Some areas may see a break in the
  precipitation Saturday into Saturday night, but will then see
  more thunderstorms with very heavy rainfall move in from the
  west late Saturday night and through the day Sunday. From 3 to 6
  inches of rain could fall in the watch area by the time the
  entire event is finished Sunday night. Locally higher amounts
  are also possible where numerous thunderstorms repeat.

* In addition to the possibility of flash flooding of some
  roadways and streams, the heavy rainfall is expected to cause
  rises on many of the area rivers, particularly the smaller
  rivers in southeast Missouri, such as the Saint Francis,
  Black, and Current.

PRECAUTIONARY/PREPAREDNESS ACTIONS...

A Flash Flood Watch means that conditions may develop that lead
to flash flooding. Flash flooding is a very dangerous situation.

You should monitor later forecasts and be prepared to take action
should Flash Flood Warnings be issued.

Infrared at 7 p.m.

And here's the material regarding the Flood Warning, meaning imminent floods:

FLOOD WARNING
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE INDIANAPOLIS IN
1247 PM EDT FRI APR 28 2017

...The National Weather Service in Indianapolis has issued a Flood
Warning for portions of the following rivers in central and southern
Indiana...

  East Fork White River...White River...Tippecanoe River...Wabash
  River...Wildcat Creek...Eel River...Sugar Creek...

.Extensive flooding will develop along rivers and streams in central
and southern Indiana during the first week of May.  Flooding will
affect numerous local and state roads...considerable agricultural
land and some residential areas.  Flooding will begin possibly as
early as Saturday evening and continue for 10 days or more in
southwest Indiana.

Rainfall of 2 to over 3 inches is expected from Friday evening
through Monday morning.  The most rainfall is expected along the
Indiana-Illinois state line and the least along the Indiana-Ohio
state line.

Significant flooding will develop across much of western Indiana and
bordering eastern Illinois.  Near major flooding is possible in some
areas. Flood crests may be the highest experienced since April 2013
in portions of west central Indiana and the highest since December
2015 and early January 2016 in other areas.

Significant river flooding impacts numerous local and state roads ...
extensive agricultural lands and some residential areas.  Persons in
flood prone areas should monitor weather and river conditions through
at least Monday.


Precautionary/Preparedness Actions...

Motorists should never drive into flood water. Turn around and go
another way. Keep children away from flooded areas. Recreational and
agricultural interests should remain alert to changing river
conditions.

For detailed flood information go to weather.gov/ind on the web and
click on rivers and lakes.

The National Weather Service in Indianapolis has issued a

* Flood Warning for
  the Wabash River at Mount Carmel.
* from late Monday night until further notice.
* At 10:45 AM Friday the stage was 7.6 feet.
* Flood stage is 19.0 feet.
* Moderate flooding is forecast.
* Forecast...Rise above flood stage by early Tuesday morning and
  continue to rise to near 27.6 feet by early Monday morning.
  additional rises are possible thereafter.
* At 27.5 feet...In the City of Mt. Carmel, all local roads flooded
  east of the levee except for South Division.

Please use caution this weekend, readers! We need each and every one of you around.

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