This is what now remains of Laura as she works east this morning. A few light showers have popped up on radar and will continue to work in from our south and west. The bulk of activity will arrive later today providing heavy rains, gusty winds, and a few rounds of lightning.
The regions greatest threat remains flash flooding. With several inches likely to fall in a 24-hour period, water levels can rise quickly. The excessive rainfall outlook shows a slight risk (10% - 20%) chance of flash flooding potential across Tennessee and Kentucky. Take the proper precautions now if you are in low-lying and flood prone areas.
In addition to the heavy rainfall we will see at times this afternoon and overnight, wind gusts will pick up throughout the day. Anticipate a steady south wind between 10-15 mph and gusts up to 25. For those in the Plateau, wind gusts will be closer to the 30-35 mph range. If you have any lose objects in the yard, be sure to pin those down or bring them inside.
The latest run from high-res guidance shows heavier showers and storms arriving around the evening commute. Heavy rain rates will impact visuals, so use extreme caution. Another round of heavy rain, as Laura works across the area, will come overnight while most are in bed. Saturday will contain showers early with lessening chances through the day. Sunshine and drier air find its way back for Sunday with high's in the mid 80's. Unfortunately, showers work their way back for Monday and early next week.
Make sure you have a way to receive alerts the later half of the day and into Saturday. Flash flooding remains a concern for the entire region and we'll have that information as it comes in. If you would like to send reports, that would be much appreciated. Simply email us at SecretCityWx@aol.com and share with us on social media. Stay safe, stay dry, and check in for updates today and tomorrow.
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