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Flash flood threat increases as heavy rains move in

LEXINGTON, Ky. (WKYT) Steady rain continues to fall across the area, and the WKYT First Alert Weather team expects it's only going to get worse as the night goes on.

Moderate to heavy rainfall combined with previous rains over the last week will lead to excessive runoff which will cause flooding of area creeks and streams. In addition, underpasses and poorly draining urban areas will be subject to flooding.

A flash flood watch continues through Friday for all of central and eastern Kentucky as heavy rain will continue to fall across the region, according to WKYT chief meteorologist Chris Bailey.

"The numbers are beginning to add up and may top out between 2 and 5 inches of rain by Saturday," said Bailey. "That will be enough to cause flash flooding issues for some areas."

At 5 p.m., video from the Cardwell Lane area in Frankfort showed water pooling in yards and on roads. In Anderson County, there are reports of flooding in the Hammonds Creek area where at one point water came out of the creek into nearby roads and driveways.

High water was also reported in Boyle and Mercer Counties Thursday night.

Bailey expects the prime spot to watch for will be the area between Interstates 75 and 65. "This is where the heaviest rain will fall over the next 36 hours. If you live in a low lying or flood prone area, be prepared to move to higher ground," said Bailey.

A ridge of high pressure in the Atlantic Ocean is pushing warm and moist air northward from the Gulf of Mexico. This allowed for a stationary front to stretch from the Gulf of Mexico through the Great Lakes, which kicked up showers and thunderstorms from the Panhandle of Florida through the Ohio River Valley.

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