Rutgers University meteorology major and avid hurricane enthusiast living in Jersey.
By: wxgeek723 , 8:22 PM GMT on August 05, 2009
Severe storms are spread in small clusters all over the nation, but I'd like to take a look at the flooding in northern Kentucky, which has for some reason fascinated me. In a bad way of course.
Yestersday, Tuesday, the 4th day of August 2009, the metropolitan area of Louisville, Kentucky endured an uncalled-for thunderstorm and flash flood problem. City officials claim this is some of the worst foods in decades. Other opinions feel that the flood of 1997 was much more destructive.
A cluster of powerful thunderstorms blasted through Greater Louisville, a metro area with about 1,500,000 residents throughout northen KY and southern IN. Some of the strongest cells moved over the central business district of Louisville. Six inches of rainfall in a mere 75 minute period inundated streets, homes, businesses, and schools. In just a day, residents of northern KY were dealing with 2-6 feet of water with nowhere to go but up. The 1997 floods reportedly flooded nearly 45,000 homes.
A Metropolitan Sewer District official by the name of Bud Schardein is saying this is quite possibly the most rain he's seen in a one hour period. Sewer officials like him are adding up the damage and trying to enumerate the amount of money repairs could take. He claims it is no draining issue, but a flooding issue. The floodwaters are receding, but as I write this several neighborhoods remain submerged. A second wave of powerful storms struck Louisville that afternoon, most definitely not helping the floods.
The Louisville Fire Co. ordered those who resided in submerged areas not to venture too far outdoors. Only a 6" of flowing water could pick you, your car, and several others things up, and the result could be death. And only a few feet of water that inundates your home can become equivalent to the destruction an EF1-EF2 tornado could cause. Several people were rescued by firefighters and related personnel. The water will always win.
A worker for the Downtown Louisville YMCA named Elonda Wilson was petrified as she was driving to work in the midst of the intense rainfall. And she became more alarmed when she saw a manhole cover than had been pushed of a drain from floodwater that had water pouring onto the streets.
Damage totals will not be released for some time. Here are some pictures from a Citizen Times article gallery, where this information was taken and rephrased.
LOUISVILLE FLOODING - AUGUST 4, 2009
Submerged vehicles in the Downtown Section
A flooded cellar in a city library.
Flooding outside the Louisville library
A club house in the Churchill Downs section
Two University of Louisville students observe the damage
Very scary dark clouds looming over the Louisville suburb of Danville, KY.
Again, exciting or petrifying to others, dark grey clouds atop the city of Lexington, KY.
A car struggling on Second Street in Downtown.
Severe Weather Today
Somewhat decent weather surrounds the Louisville area today, a relief for residents there. However the SPC has an oddly shaped swath of severe weather. From southern Virginia, slithering down to Dallas-Fort Worth, and extending into Northeast Oregon and Idaho.
Be on alert if you live in one of those many areas. What happened in Louisville is most definitely not unique to that area.
As for Felicia, she is nearing a peak as a mid-category 3. I predict she'll peak at 120 mph, with a slight chance that she'll strengthen further, to category 4. I am very doubtful she'll reach Hawaii as a tropical cyclone, such events are quite rare. the conditions around Hawaii usually remain unfavorable and storms in the vicinity of the islands typically deteriorate quickly. Due to outflow shear from Hurricane Felicia, TS Enrique is doomed to a slow death.
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