PRESTONSBURG — Officials see little reason for locals to worry, as the storm system formerly Hurricane Isaac makes it way toward Floyd County.
Earlier in the week, there was some concern about potential for flooding in the region, as the slow-moving storm wends its ways up the Mississippi River and along the Ohio River Valley. Now, however, current estimates for the storm’s path have it largely losing steam before reaching Eastern Kentucky.
“Right now, it looks like it’s going to be an extremely disorganized system,” said Ed Ray, a meteorologist with the National Weather Service, in Jackson.
Ray said other parts of the state could see substantial rainfall and flooding, but Eastern Kentucky can maybe expect 1-to-2 inches throughout the storm, which is expected to hang around until early next week. Current forecasts call for rain showers to begin Saturday afternoon and last until Tuesday.
While steady but minimal rainfall is expected locally, areas to the north and west could see up to 8 inches. For that reason, Ray said, people who expect to travel over Labor Day weekend should keep informed about weather forecasts and the potential flooding at their destinations.
County Judge-Executive R.D. “Doc” Marshall also remained confident of Floyd County escaping the brunt of the storm. He said he expects whatever rain the county gets to be absorbed by the drought-parched soil.
“The ground is so dry, it would take a lot to cause us problems,” Marshall said. “I’m going to remain optimistic.”
However, Ray did send a note of caution, as the storm could still take an unexpected path.
“Obviously, things can change, so I would advise people to keep up with the weather forecasts,” Ray said.