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Southeast Kentucky expected to see heavy rain this weekend from Ian remnants

Track for Tropical Storm Ian

Hurricane Ian has hit Florida and is on the move. Kentucky may receive some rain as the storm pushes north. The National Weather Service in Jackson is predicting significant rainfall for southeastern portions of the commonwealth.

Pete Geogerian is a meteorologist with the National Weather Service. He said they are not too concerned with flooding, but the threat cannot be ruled out.

“This is going to be more of a gradual rainfall, not expecting really good bursts of heavy rain at this point. There will be pockets of heavy rain but mostly these rainfall totals will be spread out over a longer period of time and that will reduce the flood risk to some degree.”

The forecaster said there should be little to worry about with this incoming rain.

“At this point, not expecting too much impact from this kind of rain spread out over that long a period of time. We have been kind of dry over the last few weeks too and that will help the ground soak in a lot of this to some degree.”

He said the rain is expected to start sometime Friday evening and carry on through Sunday. Geogerian said up to two and half inches of rain could fall and there is some potential for high wind gusts, but they should be few and far between.

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