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Flood warning issued as rain total exceeds 2 inches

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Series of storms complicate flood threat

A series of storms has brought heavy rain off and on for nearly eight hours creating high-water situations and complicating river flooding issues.

The National Weather Service issued a flash flood warning for several counties in Kentucky including Hardin, Hart, LaRue, Grayson, Meade, Nelson, Bullitt and Breckinridge. It lasts until 2:15 p.m. today. Also, a flood warning is in effect along area rivers until further notice.

Because the ground is saturated, low-lying areas and residents along creeks and rivers are at risk. More than 2 inches have fallen in the past 24 hours locally, according to the Kentucky Mesonet monitoring station.

The storm continues to produce heavy rainfall for an area that has experienced repeated spring storms. The Kentucky Mesonet weather station in the Cecilia area recorded 7.82 inches of rain this month, including a half inch from Friday's afternoon and late-night storms before midnight. By 9 a.m. today, Mesonet reported another 1.64 inches Saturday with more to come.

During the course of the early morning hours, the National Weather Service issued a series of severe thunderstorm warnings around the region. Also, separate tornado warnings were issued for parts of Grayson and Hart counties.

Forecasters say the weather threats will continue as radar indicates rainy conditions extend west along the Ohio River. Isolated area of thunderstorms continue to pop up.

The line of repeated storms has brought strong gusts of wind, hail and lightning since midnight. The highest wind gust recorded at the Hardin County station was 40 mph.

The tornado watch issued late Friday for a broad section of Kentucky and southern Indiana  was scheduled to expire at 2 a.m. but later was extended until 6 a.m. Saturday.

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