News Storms dump rain across U.S. Midwest, kill Kentucky woman
Torrential rain and severe flash flooding are expected, especially across southern Indiana and north central Kentucky. Louisville, with its reduced drainage efficiency typical of urban areas, has already seen severe flooding.Emergency management personnel are doing water rescues.8:10 p.m. CST Saturday:Tornado debris signature northeast of Paris, Tennessee. It is moving northeast. If you’re in Henry County between Paris and Paris Landing, take cover now!View image on Twitter NWS Memphis@NWSMemphis810pm: #tornado debris signature NE of #Paris. Moving NE. If you’re in Henry Co between Paris and Paris Landing, take cover now!7:50 p.m. CST Saturday:Dangerous tornado warned supercell with strong rotation is approaching Clarksburg and Parkers Crossroads, Tennessee. Take cover now!7:45 p.m. CST Saturday:Still multiple tornado warnings in northwest Tennessee and southwest Kentucky including west-southwest of Murray, Kentucky and heading toward McKenzie, Tennessee. If you are in a red box, take cover!7:00 p.m. CST Saturday:Severe storms are approaching the Memphis metro are now. Wind gusts of 60 mph or more are likely, as well as flash flooding as these storms move into western Tennessee.Screen Shot 2018-02-24 at 8.11.35 PM.png6:30 p.m. CST Saturday:Particularly dangerous situation radar indicated a large tornado on the ground in Luxora, Arkansas moving northeast. Take cover now!Screen Shot 2018-02-24 at 7.42.20 PM.png6:06 p.m. CST Saturday:There are reports of two deaths in the Logan County, Kentucky after an unconfirmed tornado swept through the area.According to New Channel 5, the sheriff in Logan County, Kentucky confirmed an elderly woman was killed when she was hit by debris.The second fatality was in Franklin, Kentucky due to drowning in a submerged vehicle.BREAKING: The @wbkotv newsroom confirms two are dead in the Keysburg community of Logan Co after an apparent tornado this afternoon. #kywxShane Holinde (@Main_Event_Wx) February 25, 2018These fatalities are the first tornado related deaths in the United States since May 16th, 2017.View image on Twitter Medina StormCast@MedinaStormCastA fatal tornado has been confirmed in Logan County, Kentucky. The twister destroyed a home, killing at least one person in its path. · Ohio, USA5:20 p.m. CST Saturday:Damaging winds tore parts of a roof off of a building in West Memphis, Arkansas. Trey Stafford@Trey1049CR 136 near Westside School W of Jboro @NWSMemphis @ryanvaughan @Coulter_wx @arwx · West Memphis, AR
5:20 p.m. CST Saturday:
Numerous tornado warnings are in effect northeast of Jonesboro, Arkansas up to the southeast Missouri border as of 5:15 pm CST.
4:30 p.m. CST Saturday:
Due to the saturated soil, trees will be especially susceptible to falling even in moderately windy conditions. This could lead to blocked roads and damaged power lines across the affected region.
3:30 p.m. CST Saturday:
There is a tornado warning in northeast Arkansas for a strong rotation heading in the direction of the Mountain View, Arkansas area.
A Tornado Warning was issued for Franklin, Kentucky.
The latest watch was in effect until 9 p.m. Saturday and adds northeastern Arkansas, southeastern Missouri, northwestern Mississippi, western Tennessee, western Kentucky and southern Illinois.
The previous watch remained in effect until 6 p.m. and already included most of most of the remainder of Arkansas in addition to northeastern Texas, southeastern Oklahoma and northeastern Louisiana.
The National Weather Service said the system was also capable of producing wind gusts of up to 75 mph (120 kph) and hail up to 2 inches (5 centimeters) in diameter, or about the size of an egg. Heavy rain and flooding is also possible.
In northeast Arkansas, an 83-year-old man was killed after high winds toppled a trailer home. Clay County Sheriff Terry Miller told KAIT-TV that Albert Foster died Saturday night after the home was blown into a pond.
About 50 miles away, the weather service said the roof was blown off a hotel in Osceola, about 160 miles (257 kilometers) north of Memphis, Tennessee.
Missouri Gov. Eric Greitens signed an executive order earlier Saturday declaring a state of emergency ahead of the anticipated storms and flooding in parts of southern Missouri. The order activates the resources of the Missouri National Guard and ensures state resources are available in the event of weather damage.
A levee breach along the Kankakee River in northwestern Indiana had local officials urging about 30 homeowners to evacuate.
Keener Township Volunteer Fire Chief Randy Woods said the breach was relatively minor when it was discovered about 3 p.m. Friday near Demotte, about 50 miles southeast of Chicago. Local residents tried to sandbag the breach „to get it under control, but it just got bigger and bigger,” he said. Local firefighters were called to help them, but eventually everyone had to pull out for their own safety.
No injuries were reported.
The weather service said record flooding was occurring along the Kankakee following several days of heavy rains and snowmelt that sent streams out of their banks from the Ohio River to Michigan and Wisconsin.
Ken Kusmer in Indianapolis and Margery Beck in Omaha, Nebraska, contributed.
- If persistent bands of snow set up, travel may become slow and slick in the mountains between Olympic Village and Gangneung Olympic Park on Sunday.
- The strong winds and bitter cold that made headlines earlier in the Olympics will be absent for the remainder of the weekend.
- Drier weather will return to the PyeongChang Olympic Stadium before the closing ceremonies.
While strong winds and cold dominated weather headlines at PyeongChang, South Korea, during this Winter Olympics, snow is expected during the final day of competition.
Friday brought one more day of gusty winds to PyeongChang. Calmer winds are expected to continue on Sunday, albeit snow will return.
Fans leave during a snow storm after the men’s nordic combined team cross-country skiing event at the 2018 Winter Olympics in PyeongChang, South Korea, on Thursday, Feb. 22, 2018. (AP Photo/Kirsty Wigglesworth)
At the Alpensia Olympic Park and the Alpine Centres, the snow may leave a fresh coating through Sunday.
The snow at the Gangneung Olympic Park during this time will occasionally mix with rain, but can fall heavy enough to leave a slushy coating to 2 cm (1 inch) on roads and sidewalks.
„During the midday and afternoon hours of Sunday, temperatures should rise enough to lead to mostly rain at the coast,” AccuWeather Meteorologist Adam Douty said.
The greatest travel issues may arise in the mountains between Gangneung and PyeongChang.
If the snow is persistent, there can be enough accumulation that plows will be needed on the passes. Those traveling to compete in or watch the gold medal games for men’s ice hockey or women’s curling may encounter slick conditions.
Impacts will be limited if the snow is faster to sweep through the mountains and off the coast.
Regardless if the snow lingers longer in the mountains to the east, drier weather is expected to return to PyeongChang for the closing ceremonies on Sunday evening.
Spectators attending the open-air Olympic Stadium will want to bundle up as temperatures will be around 4 below zero C (25 F) during the ceremonies.
The good news is, that harsh winds will be absent and will not lead to even lower AccuWeather RealFeel® Temperatures.
For those heading home from PyeongChang on Monday, weather-related travel delays are not expected as high pressure will build overhead and allow dry weather to dominate South Korea.