What made this event different from other notables... Memorial Day 2004 and Mother's Day 2009... is the shear power of the water. I know how powerful water is when it is speeding out of control like it was this weekend. This moved homes over 100 yards from where they were. It was truly amazing to see this! The other key factor that made this go out of control so fast is the amount of rain that came down in such a short amount of time. It will take a long time for these people to recover from this mess. I don't know is you can ever recover mentally. Thinking that each time it rains really hard that you are going to lose everything again. This is something that will always be at the front of their minds when the rain begins to fall!
Here is the official release from the NWS Jackson
A series of thunderstorms caused widespread flash flooding across portions of Pike County on the evening of July 17, 2010. Initially, thunderstorms developed and moved into the area about 4 pm in the afternoon. Thereafter, thunderstorms redeveloped and moved repeatedly over the same locations, producing the flash flooding. The National Weather Service Office in Jackson, Kentucky issued it's first flash flood warning at 7:57 pm as thunderstorms producing very heavy rainfall continued to move through central Pike County. Tragically, the flash flooding was directly, or indirectly responsible for 2 fatalities. At present, best estimates indicate that between 3 and 7 inches of rain fell across central portions of Pike County between 4 pm Saturday afternoon and 1 am Sunday morning, with the bulk of the rainfall occurring between 5 pm and 10 pm Saturday. Below is an image of the radar estimated rainfall from 1 pm to 10 pm Saturday.
It was one cell right after the other that caused all of these problems.
The rest of this week will include more showers & thunderstorms. Could there be more heavy rains this week? Absolutely! Any of the thunderstorms that develop this week will have the potential to bring in heavy rain. The storms we'll see here over the next few days are known for the ability to generate heavy rain and then dissipate. This recent bout with the heavy rain was just a freak incident!
We could see a few stray strong storms this week. Watch this map for updates!
The scattered showers & storms will be the constant in this forecast. During the afternoon hours we'll see highs back in the upper 80s and even the low 90s.