FRANKFORT, Ky. (August 31, 2012) — State and local officials continue tracking Tropical Storm Isaac as it moves up the Mississippi and Ohio River Valleys.
Kentucky Emergency Management (KYEM) has issued warning orders to alert KYEM and partnering Kentucky Cabinets personnel of the possibility of severe weather from this storm system that may impact Kentucky over the Labor Day Weekend.
“Sharing information in advance allows better coordination and response to needs that may arise,” said John Heltzel, director of KYEM. “From the local county emergency manager and county judge to Gov. Beshear’s office, staying in touch helps us to better understand the risk and prepare in advance should help be needed.”
The main threats of Isaac’s remnants to the Ohio Valley will be rain, thunderstorms, wind and possible flash flooding, starting at the end of the week and continuing through the holiday weekend. Widespread flash flooding is not expected in Kentucky. Presently, models show Isaac moving up the Mississippi River Valley with its main effects west of the state.
KYEM urges the public to be aware of these risks as they enjoy the holiday weekend and stay tuned to local broadcast and NOAA Weather Alert Radios for updates and alerts.
If you encounter flooded roads while driving, stop and turn around. Should you see a downed power line, do not approach it, but instead call your utility provider.
Road conditions throughout the state can be found on the Kentucky Transportation Cabinet’s website, by calling 511 in Kentucky or 1-866-737-3767 for out-of-state callers.