Flooding, Slides, and High Winds Causing Widespread Impact

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UPDATE: 2/24/19 @ 7:35 p.m.

The list of school closings is growing for Monday.  Most of the schools are in Eastern Kentucky.  

Meanwhile the closed section of U.S. Route 23 at Ivel, Kentucky in Floyd County due to a massive rock slide has been opened for two way traffic in the southbound lanes according to the Kentucky Transportation Cabinet’s Facebook page;

Quoting a post at about 7 p.m.: “US 23 at IVEL — UPDATE: Northbound traffic has been diverted into the southbound passing lane. Southbound traffic is traveling in the outside southbound lane.

Both northbound lanes are closed. Speed limit is reduced to 45 miles per hour and will be strictly enforced.

Traffic was held up for a while just before the change in the traffic pattern. “We did everything we could do to set up the new traffic pattern while vehicles were moving,” said Matt Moore, D12 Section Engineer. “The last few things had to be done with no traffic on the road. Everything is moving now.”

Traffic can more efficiently and smoothly through the slide zone IF people merge properly and slow down.”


UPDATE: 2/24/19 @ 6:35 p.m. 

At least one school district has announced it will be closed on Monday due to flooding.  Johnson County schools announced they will be closed Monday but the buildings will be open for any children who need a place to complete assignments.  The schools suggest you call ahead to make sure what time each building will be open.

New data into the National Weather Service indicates the top recorded wind speed is 88 miles per hour at Snowshoe Mountain.  The next highest wind speed was recorded at the ironically named Tornado, West Virginia in Kanawha County with 56 miles per hour after 1pm.  


UPDATE: 2/24/19 @ 2:15 p.m.

A combination of flooding and high winds is causing widespread impacts in our region this afternoon. Wind gusts as high as 55 mile per hour have been reported, causing numerous power outages.

As of early Sunday afternoon, nearly 50,000 AEP customers in our region in West Virginia, Ohio, and Kentucky are without power – mostly as a result of high winds knocking down trees. Around 14,000 AEP customers were out in our region of Ohio, 7,000 in our region of Kentucky, and 21,000 in our part of West Virginia. Check out the list below for outages in your area:

  • West Virginia AEP Outages -> Here
  • Ohio AEP Outages -> Here
  • Kentucky AEP Outages -> Here

Thankfully, wind gusts will begin to lower significantly by dusk, which should allow crews to work to restore power quickly across the region.

Wind Reports Received So Far: 

  • 54 mph – Yeager Airport, Charleston (Kanawha County), WV
  • 54 mph – Pikeville (Pike County), KY
  • 52 mph – Worthington (Greenup County), KY
  • 49 mph – Albany (Athens County), OH
  • 48 mph – Ceredo (Wayne County), WV
  • 47 mph – West Liberty (Morgan County), KY
  • 45 mph – Morehead (Rowan County), KY

Flooding has been signficant in part of our region as well. A State of Emergency has been issued for Martin County, Kentucky, and high water reports have been received across much of eastern Kentucky, particularly in Johnson, Floyd, and Martin counties. Farther west, signficiant flooding was also reported in the downtown areas of Compton and Salyersville. 

River levels across many areas are peaking now and will begin to recede tonight. We will then turn our eyes to the bigger rivers, such as the Ohio River. Many rivers, such as the Mud, Coal, Tug Fork, and Guyandotte rivers are near flood stage, so low-lying road spots will likely be flooded for several hours.

Two water rescues took place in Kanawha County early Sunday morning, one on Ferrell Road in Tornado and the other in Jefferson on Starlett Drive. No injuries were reported in either incident.

Via Facebook 

Numerous rock and mudslides continue to cause road issues around the region as well, and with the combination of very saturated grounds and strong winds, both mud/rocksides and power outages will be likely this evening.

One major rock slide reported is on US-23 in Floyd County in the Ivel area. The KYTC Distric 12  says that the slide is worse than the last slide at Ivel a couple of years ago, and that the northbound side of US-23 is closed.

The good news is that we’ll be dry through Wednesday night, which should allow for plenty of time to dry up.

Saturday Rainfall Totals (2/23/19)

KENTUCKY

BOYD COUNTY

  • 5 S Cannonsburg: 1.67″            
  • 2 N Cannonsburg: 1.32″    
  • 1 NNE Ashland 1.20″          
  • 2 E Cannonsburg: 1.08″     

CARTER COUNTY

  • Grayson: 1.63″     
  • 2 NE Grayson Lake State Park: 
  • 4 ENE Haldeman: 1.36″            
  • Olive Hill: 1.30″                       
  • 4 E Carter Caves State Park: 0.80″            

GREENUP COUNTY

  • Ashland Airport: 1.16″              
  • Greenup: 1.00″  
  • Warnock: 0.94″         
  • Ohio River Lock and Dam: 0.86″              

LAWRENCE COUNTY

  • 6 E Bruin: 1.95″

OHIO

ATHENS COUNTY

  • 5 ESE Amesville: 0.64″                    
  • Albany: 0.58″                      
  • 2 SSE Athens: 0.50″                

GALLIA COUNTY

  • Waterloo: 1.13″                               
  • 1 NE Gallipolis: 1.07″                             
  • 4 WNW Gallipolis: 0.88″                   

JACKSON COUNTY

  • Jackson: 0.64″                   
  • 2 NW Jackson: 0.56″                             

LAWRENCE COUNTY

  • 1 E Burlington: 1.55″                          
  • 6 ESE Lake Vesuvius: 1.12″              
  • 8 NNE Lake Vesuvius: 1.08″               
  • 4 NNW Lake Vesuvius: 0.84″                 
  • Dean: 0.83″                                

MEIGS COUNTY

  • Salem Center: 0.71″             

VINTON COUNTY

  • Vinton Furnace: 0.52″                                   

WEST VIRGINIA   

BOONE COUNTY

  • Madison: 1.44″               
  • 4 WSW Danville: 1.39″                

BRAXTON COUNTY

  • Sutton: 1.49″                      
  • 1 ESE Gassaway: 1.46″                        
  • Frametown: 1.38″                    
  • Sutton Lake: 1.35″                             
  • Herold: 1.25″                          
  • 7 E Flatwoods: 1.15″                   
  • Flatwoods: 1.11″                       
  • 1 S Flatwoods: 1.07″           
  • Rosedale: 0.88″                          
  • 8 WSW Gassaway: 0.87″              
  • 2 ESE Burnsville: 0.86″                

CABELL COUNTY            

  • 2 S Proctorville: 1.42″             
  • 1 ESE Huntington: 1.41″      
  • Pea Ridge: 1.34″          
  • Milton: 1.08″                         

CALHOUN COUNTY

  • Grantsville: 1.03″                             
  • 4 SSW Grantsville: 0.88″                        
  • 8 SSW Arnoldsburg: 0.84″              
  • 3 ENE Arnoldsburg: 0.80″              
  • 1 NE Grantsville: 0.76″                    
  • 3 WNW Arnoldsburg: 0.72″                 

CLAY COUNTY

  • 5 N Clay: 0.91″                           
  • 6 E Clay: 0.79″                            
  • 9 NE Clay: 0.60″                                     

FAYETTE COUNTY

  • Hawks Nest State Park: 0.80″                
  • 2 ENE Mount Hope: 0.72″                                             

JACKSON COUNTY

  • 9 NE Sandyville: 1.11″                             
  • 4 NNW Kenna: 0.98″                     

KANAWHA COUNTY            

  • 5 WNW Elkview: 1.75″                    
  • 2 E Alum Creek: 1.56″               
  • Tornado: 1.53″                       
  • 3 ESE Clendenin: 1.49″                      
  • 3 SSW South Charleston: 1.42″               
  • 1 SW Dunbar: 1.41″                               
  • Saint Albans: 1.36″              
  • Yeager Airport: 1.35″     
  • 3 WSW Pinch: 1.34″                     
  • 1 E South Charleston: 1.32″                        
  • 3 W Pinch: 1.30″                                            
  • Sissonville: 1.10″                    

LINCOLN COUNTY

  • Harts: 1.92″                         
  • 6 NNE Harts: 1.50″                    
  • 6 SW Alum Creek: 1.02″                     

LOGAN COUNTY           

  • Logan: 1.10″                    
  • 1 WNW Chief Logan State Park: 1.03″        
  • Man: 1.00″                                                 
  • 3 SSE Holden: 0.76″                

MASON COUNTY                 

  • Point Pleasant: 0.93″                    
  • Lakin: 0.89″                                
  • 5 E Leon: 0.88″                  
  • 1 SSW Middleport: 0.76″              

MINGO COUNTY

  • 1 W Delbarton: 1.12″              
  • 5 ENE Red Jacket: 1.04″               
  • R.D. Bailey Lake: 0.76″        
  • Kermit: 0.64″                              

NICHOLAS COUNTY

  • Birch River: 1.08″                    
  • Craigsville: 0.89″             
  • Richwood: 0.88″               
  • 5 SW Summersville: 0.77″        
  • 1 SE Mount Nebo: 0.76″         
  • 9 W Richwood: 0.70″                    

PUTNAM COUNTY

  • 1 SSW Hurricane: 1.22″                   
  • 1 E Winfield: 1.17:                      
  • Eleanor: 1.00″                      
  • 7 W Kenna: 0.92″                     
  • 2 SE Buffalo: 0.88″                                         

ROANE COUNTY

  • 11 NNE Clendenin: 1.03″               
  • Spencer: 0.88″                                                            

WAYNE COUNTY             

  • Tri-State Airport: 1.52″                  
  • 1 NNE Wayne: 1.48″                     
  • East Lynn Lake: 1.46″                   
  • 7 SW East Lynn Lake: 1.41″          
  • Beech Fork State Park: 1.28″                            

WIRT COUNTY

  • 6 NW Reedy: 0.92″                
  • 5 E Elizabeth: 0.88″        
  • 3 WNW Reedy: 0.80″              
  • Creston: 0.68″                         

WOOD COUNTY

  • 1 SSE Parkersburg: 1.11″                   
  • 4 S Washington: 0.92″                           
  • Parkersburg Airport: 0.86″                 
  • 6 E Mineralwells: 0.72″                     

ORIGINAL:2/24/19 @ 2:00 a.m.

WOWK TV –  Flash flooding has prompted at least one county to declare a state of emergency in the WOWK viewing area.  Martin County, Kentucky officials are warning drivers to stay off the roads in the county until flood waters recede.  

Videos from locations across Eastern Kentucky on social media show water over roads and near houses.  Paintsville in Johnson County saw several homes with water around them as seen in social media tweets. Magoffin County, Kentucky just outside the traditional 13 News TV viewing area is also under a state of Emergency. 

Reports relayed by the National Weather Service indicate water moving into the crawl spaces of homes near Prestonsburg, Kentucky in Floyd County. Several feet of swift moving water was moving across Abbott Creek Road east of U.S. 23 into those homes. In Salyersville in Magoffin County, Kentucky, Route 40 was reported to have water entering buildings and submerging cars.

The National Weather Service has issued flood warnings until at least mid morning from southeast Kentucky to southern Ohio to as far east as Clay County in West Virginia.  

Area streams, creeks and rivers were already high and despite seeing some of them drop a few inches during the day Saturday when there was no rain, the steady rains of Saturday night and Sunday morning could cause a sharp rise up and out of the banks for some rivers as the sun comes up Sunday.  New flood guidance numbers will be sent out by the National Weather Service and the Ohio River Forecast center later Sunday, likely with some new crest levels.

The StormTracker 13 meteorologists expect the smaller creeks and rivers to take several hours through the better part of Sunday afternoon to crest, then it could be a few more days before the Ohio River reaches maximum levels although the only gauge on the Ohio River currently showing flooding is at Portsmouth, Ohio where the level is below flood stage but back waters are high.  

At least one rock slide had been reported along U.S. Route 52 near the community of Kermit, WV by WV511.  Many hillsides have been weakened by heavy rains after the winter freeze and thaw cycle.

Drivers heading out for Sunday activities should plan on the chance of encountering high water on secondary roads early.  The StormTracker 13 meteorologists remind everyone to take the side of caution if you come up to water over a road.  A foot of fast moving water can float a car and in most cases you cannot tell if there is even a road surface remaining under the water.  

For more county-by-county info head to www.wowktv.com/weather/weather-alerts 
 

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