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Expect Heavy Rain & Thunderstorms Friday from Laura

Tropical Depression Laura will be making its move on the Tri-State today. Expect strong storms and the potential of flash flooding. The greatest risk of activity will be between 10 AM and 10 PM.

Posted: Aug 28, 2020 7:34 AM
Updated: Aug 28, 2020 8:25 AM

Get ready for a mess out there today! The remnants of Laura is getting closer to making its mark on the Tri-State.

For this morning, we are walking out the door to tropical-like conditions. Low temperatures only dipped down into the mid to upper 70s... so it's needless to say, it's feeling very soupy out there. We will continue to see dew points well above 70 and temperatures rising into the 80s ahead of heavy rain and thunderstorm activity from Laura.

Right now, Tropical Depression Laura continues weakening as it progresses to the north northeast. The core of the system is centralized over Northern Arkansas and Southern Missouri; it's still producing 35 mph wind speeds and significant amounts of rainfall. The Tri-State is already beginning to see signs of Laura, with light rain showers this morning. It looks as though the greatest threat for heavy rainfall will occur between 10 a.m. and 10 p.m. today.

The heaviest of that rainfall will likely be delegated to our Kentuckian counties. A Flash Flood Watch has been issued for Hardin (IL), Crittenden, Caldwell, Webster, Hopkins, McLean and Muhlenberg Counties until 1 a.m. Saturday. These areas may receive between 1" to 2" of precipitation throughout Friday.

The Storm Prediction Center of America has placed the entire region under a "1" and "2" on the Threat Index for Friday afternoon and evening. The tropical nature of Laura's remnants will create an environment favorable for the development of broad rotation aloft; some of the areas of rotation may produce brief funnel clouds or even tornadoes (especially south of the Ohio). There's also the possibility for damaging straight line winds.

Remember to remain "Weather Aware" today.

Evansville
Partly Cloudy
70° wxIcon
Hi: 85° Lo: 65°
Feels Like: 70°
Owensboro
Partly Cloudy
72° wxIcon
Hi: 85° Lo: 67°
Feels Like: 72°
Princeton
Clear
72° wxIcon
Hi: 86° Lo: 65°
Feels Like: 72°
Madisonville
Mostly Cloudy
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Hi: 82° Lo: 66°
Feels Like: °
Jasper
Clear
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Hi: 86° Lo: 65°
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Sure, yesterday's passing cold front and lingering rainfall made for a cooler-than average, fall-like day across the Tri-State - today on the other hand, was a bit more summer-like. The core of high pressure flowing in behind that cold front has now settled to our east and is actively pumping southerly winds, more heat and gulf humidity back into the Ohio valley. As a result, temperatures pushed back into the mid 80s for the majority of the region; the added humidity even made it feel a few degrees hotter as well. As for the rest of the evening, conditions will remain dry with temperatures gradually falling from 80° around dinnertime into the mid to low 70s by 10PM. The combination of added cloud cover overnight and those aforementioned southerly winds will help keep temperatures mild tonight - we'll only dip as low as 67° early Friday morning in the River City.
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