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Flash flooding emergencies prompt evacuations in Kentucky, Tennessee

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(NEW YORK) — Flash flood emergencies have been issued for parts of western Kentucky and Union City, Tennessee, with residents advised to seek higher ground as half a foot of rain or more is expected in the area.

There are reports of numerous roads flooded and evacuations in Hickman, Kentucky, and numerous roads closed by flash flooding across Fulton County. Between 4 to 7 inches of rain have already fallen and 1 to 3 inches of rain are possible, according to the National Weather Service. Flash flooding is already occurring.

A flash flood warning is in effect for Tennessee residents in central Obion and west central Weakley counties. Evacuations are taking place in Green Acres Mobile Home Park, NWS reported. Between 9 to 11 inches of rain have fallen and an additional 2 to 4 inches are possible. Flash flooding is already occurring.

Areas in Tennessee expected to experience flash flooding are Martin, Union City, Troy, Sharon, Woodland Mills, Rives, Gibbs, Shaffner, McCutchen Heights, Terrell, Mount Pelia, Moffatt, Gardner, Sidonia, Old Fremont, Crystal and Fremont, according to the NWS.

Across the country, 13 states — from Montana to Alabama and north to Maine — are on alert for flooding Friday.

A flash flooding warning was issued for Alabama where there are reports of thunderstorms producing heavy rain in Blountsville and Oneonta, where there are ongoing water rescues and several roads are impassible, the NWS said.

In north-central Alabama, between 3 and 4 inches of rain have already fallen and 1 to 3 more inches are expected to fall in one hour.



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