Kentucky is hit by ‘one of the worst flash flood events ever’

Breaking news: Kentucky is hit by ‘one of the worst flash flood events ever’ as homes and cars are swept away leaving people unaccounted for after mega storms dumped at least 10 inches of rainChris Bailey, WKYT’s chief meteorologist said: ‘I don’t have the words to describe the amount of devastation daylight will uncover across eastern Kentucky’ There are countless severe weather warnings in place all over the state and in Breathitt County the courthouse has been opened as a shelter for people displaced by the floods The county’s emergency department said: ‘Many roadways in the county are becoming covered with water and are impassable. Please stay off the roads if at all possible tonight’ 

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Kentucky has been hit with ‘one of the worst flash flood events ever’ after storms dropped at least 10 inches of rain overnight leaving people unaccounted for as homes become swamped. 

Homes in the state are flooded in murky rainwater and swollen rivers are sweeping away cars. 

Chris Bailey, WKYT’s chief meteorologist said: ‘I don’t have the words to describe the amount of devastation daylight will uncover across eastern Kentucky. 

‘This is likely to go down as one of the worst flash flood events to ever hit the state.’

Homes in the state have become swamped in murky rainwater and swollen rivers are sweeping away cars

Homes in the state have become swamped in murky rainwater and swollen rivers are sweeping away cars

The streets in eastern Kentucky are flooded with lashings of rain after flash floods struck the state overnight

The streets in eastern Kentucky are flooded with lashings of rain after flash floods struck the state overnight

Homes in the area have become swamped in murky rainwater and swollen rivers are sweeping away cars

Homes in the area have become swamped in murky rainwater and swollen rivers are sweeping away cars

Chris Bailey, WKYT's chief meteorologist said: 'I don't have the words to describe the amount of devastation daylight will uncover across eastern Kentucky'

Chris Bailey, WKYT’s chief meteorologist said: ‘I don’t have the words to describe the amount of devastation daylight will uncover across eastern Kentucky’

Homes across the state are becoming submerged underwater due to the severe flooding

Homes across the state are becoming submerged underwater due to the severe flooding

Floyd County has announced a state of emergency due to the severe flash floods which have hit Kentucky overnight

Floyd County has announced a state of emergency due to the severe flash floods which have hit Kentucky overnight 

There are countless severe weather warnings in place all over the state and in Breathitt County the courthouse has been opened as a shelter for people displaced by the floods. 

The county’s emergency department said: ‘Many roadways in the county are becoming covered with water and are impassable. Please stay off the roads if at all possible tonight.

‘The courthouse is open at this time for those displaced by rising waters if you don’t have another place to go.’

There are countless severe weather warnings in place all over the state and in Breathitt County the courthouse has been opened as a shelter for people displaced by the floods

There are countless severe weather warnings in place all over the state and in Breathitt County the courthouse has been opened as a shelter for people displaced by the floods

The state's governor Andy Beshear wrote: 'Kentucky, please be weather-aware'

The state’s governor Andy Beshear wrote: ‘Kentucky, please be weather-aware’

The National Weather Service says life-threatening flash flooding may be possible in multiple counties, including Breathitt, Perry, Owsley, Knott, and Clay.

As of four hours ago at least five water rescue were underway across Perry County. 

The Weather Channel wrote on Twitter that most of the flash flood warnings are in place across eastern Kentucky. 

The state’s governor Andy Beshear wrote: ‘Kentucky, please be weather-aware. 

‘Heavy rain is expected across the commonwealth through Friday, with possible flooding in the eastern part of the state. Please stay alert and take all precautions to keep yourself and others safe.’

Alongside his message of warning he uploaded a picture showing the predicted levels of rainfall throughout the state through Friday.  

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