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Southern Kentucky experienced multiple rounds of strong to severe thunderstorms July 6-7, 2016 that resulted in widespread damaging winds and flash flooding. The atmosphere was characterized by very warm and moist air that interacted with passing upper level systems and stalled surface boundaries. Multiple thunderstorm complexes tracked over generally the same areas which brought several inches of heavy rain.

The first complex developed during the afternoon hours July 6th and tracked through south central Kentucky. This brought 1 to 2 inches of rain and locally damaging winds. 

Later that evening and into the early morning hours July 7, more storms developed and very slowly tracked across the same area. Another 1 to locally 3 inches of rain fell, which resulted in localized flash flooding and rising rivers.

Finally, a 3rd round of storms developed during the afternoon hours July 7 and again tracked through south-central Kentucky. This resulted in more widespread damaging winds, toppled trees and power lines and caused some structural damage to buildings and roofs. 


5 day Rainfall Totals Ending 7 am July 7, 2016

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