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Heavy rain causes flash flooding in western Kentucky

PADUCAH, Ky. (AP) - Transportation officials are urging motorists in western Kentucky to use "extreme caution" while traveling due to flash flooding brought on by heavy rain.

Kentucky Transportation Cabinet spokesman Keith Todd says several counties were reporting water over roadways on Saturday that have not flooded before. Todd says highway crews in McCracken and Carlisle counties are having difficulty getting signs up because so many roadways are flooded.

The National Weather Service issued flood warnings for counties in far western Kentucky. Meteorologist Robin Smith said 5.2 inches of rain had fallen in Paducah since 3 a.m., which is about an inch more than what it normally averages for the entire month.

Smith said a break in the rain is expected in the afternoon, but more severe storms were expected later in the day.

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