It's been a while since a big soaking rain has fallen over Kentuckiana. That appears to change Friday as the leftover moisture and energy from Harvey moves over the Ohio Valley.
It will be a wet and raw Friday across Kentuckiana so be prepared. We should see moderate to heavy rain, gusty winds up to 35 to 40 miles per hour, and temperatures only into the upper 50s and low 60s for the first day of September!
The storm is finally relenting over Texas after dropping nearly 50" of rain. This is a good time to remind folks that if you would like to donate to the Harvey Relief fund, it's really easy to do it: click here for information!
Here in Kentuckiana, we can expect the remnants of Harvey to push in beginning Thursday with a few showers, mainly across our Southern Kentucky counties. The bulk of the activity will arrive Thursday night and bring the aforementioned occasional heavy rain through Friday. FutureCast shows the progression and timing of some of these heavy downpours.
All told, a widespread 2-4" rain is expected with locally higher amounts particularly over Kentucky. While widespread, major flooding isn't expected because we have been pretty dry of late, a few of the urban areas and smaller streams and creeks could run high depending on the amount of rain so we'll have to keep an eye on that. A Flash Flood Watch is our for much of Kentuckiana (except for a few of our Southern Indiana counties until 2 am Saturday.
The good news is that Sunday and Labor Day still look nice around here. In fact some of Saturday will be salvaged as the system exits to the east. However, watch for some lowland flooding. Despite it being dry lately, there may be some minor flood issues from the rain coming at a rapid pace!
I'll leave with you another tidbit of interesting weather. Hurricane Irma is strengthening in the eastern Atlantic Ocean. As it pushes west we will watch this growing storm that may eventually become a major hurricane. It is too early to tell where it will go, but impacts to the U.S. cannot yet be ruled out.