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(CNN)Those still recovering from the deadly floods just a week ago in eastern Kentucky find themselves under threat for more heavy rain and flash flooding.

"We've got (river) conditions right now that we don't typically see prolonged at this time of year over a large area where it just makes us more susceptible to flooding than we would normally be at this time of year," Hal Klingenberg, Lead Forecaster at the National Weather Service in Jackson, Kentucky told CNN Friday morning.
"For most areas, we're looking at an inch and a half to two inches of rain to occur in a relatively short time within one to three hours to start causing significant problems once again," Klingenberg said.

    Thunderstorms could produce locally heavy rainfall today and Saturday, where instances of flash flooding is possible. pic.twitter.com/CghbYaobmq

    — NWS Jackson KY (@nwsjacksonky) August 5, 2022 Storms on Friday will be capable of producing very heavy rainfall rates, prompting the Weather Prediction Center to issue a slight risk level of excessive rainfall for the Tennessee and Ohio Valleys into the Mid-Atlantic.
      For portions of Kentucky, Ohio and West Virginia, WPC says Friday is "more of a higher end slight risk with isolated to scattered flash flooding likely, but less confidence on a more widespread/organized risk."Read MoreKlingenberg, who had several coworkers directly impacted by the devastating floods said, "You tend to pay a lot closer attention once you've been hurt and once you've been hit by something like a natural disaster."Why climate change hits some communities harder than othersFlood watches are in place for most of Kentucky, southern Ohio and Indiana, stretching eastward to Maryland as heavy rain over the next two to three days could lead to flash flooding.
        An area of heavy rain is moving through Kentucky and Tennessee Friday, with the bulk of the activity expected to reach the flood damaged areas of eastern Kentucky Friday afternoon into evening."One of the high resolution models is indicating the possibility of up to nine inches of rainfall in the next 48 hours across a part of southern Kentucky. The precise location of that event will certainly shift as time goes by, but it is an indication of the tropical nature of the potential downpours and their severity," CNN meteorologist Chad Myers explained.In the longer term, even more rain is forecast for residents in eastern Kentucky Sunday into Wednesday, as a cold front approaches the region bringing renewed rounds of thunderstorms heightening the threat for even more flooding.Flood threat from Ohio Valley into Appalachians A nearly stationary boundary stretches all the way from the Central Plains through portions of the Ohio Valley and up into eastern Canada, creating the focus of heavy rainfall over the next few days."Although the latest models are significantly different as to the location of the heaviest rain, all are showing more pockets of flooding possible through Sunday across the entire Ohio Valley," Myers said.2 dead, 2 injured by lightning strike near White HouseAnother area to watch this weekend will be the Appalachians in West Virginia, western Virginia into South Carolina for what are called terrain-locked storms.
          "Most of the current flood events have occurred from training thunderstorms, this weekend storms could become locked in one place as the topography prohibits their movement and enhances their accumulation" Myers said.Given the recent wet conditions, heavy downpours or repetitive rounds of rainfall could lead to localized flash flooding.

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          Ohio to Devote $1.2 Million to Stop Parole Escapees

          by J.D. Davidson

           

          Ohio plans to spend $1.2 million to try to stop youngsters from escaping the Department of Youth Services parole supervision and quickly find them if they do, Gov. Mike DeWine announced Friday afternoon as part of another $5.7 million in law enforcement funding.

          The money, coming from the state general fund and the federal American Rescue Plan Act, is expected to be used by DYS to develop the new Community Intervention and Intelligence Unit. It will work with local law enforcement to find and reengage with youth who have active warrants not abiding by terms of parole.

          “Law enforcement agencies have created innovative and strategic initiatives to prevent and disrupt crime across the state,” DeWine said. “Each agency’s needs may be slightly different, but they share a common goal of creating safer communities, and my office is proud to support them.”

          According to Ohio Policy Matters, the number of youth in prisons operated by DYS dropped from more than 2,500 in 1992 to 530 in 2019. According to cincinnati.com, there were 228 teens on parole in the state as of April.

          Ohio Policy Matters, a research and policy group based in Cleveland, reported the state spends more than $96 million annually on its three large youth prisons, an average of $258,000 per youth at an average stay of 15.5 months.

          Also, more than $110,000 will go to the Mercer County Sheriff’s Office to buy technology to help get digital evidence from cellphones and other electronic equipment.

          The rest of the $5.7 million in grants will go to 14 agencies across the state to help maintain current staffing levels, recruit new officers and continue ongoing public safety services aimed at preventing violent crime.

          It’s the sixth round of law enforcement grants handed out since late April, totaling $28.7 million to 99 agencies across the state. Another $29.3 million is expected to be given away this year.

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          An Ohio native, J.D. Davidson is a veteran journalist with more than 30 years of experience in newspapers in Ohio, Georgia, Alabama and Texas. He has served as a reporter, editor, managing editor and publisher. Davidson is a regional editor for The Center Square. 

           

           

           

           

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