HAZARD, Ky. – At least 25 deaths have been reported in eastern Kentucky after towns were severely flooded Thursday following a night of heavy rainfall.
"Let me say that, unfortunately, I expect double-digit deaths in this flooding," Kentucky Gov. Andy Beshear said at a news conference while declaring a state of emergency and activating the Kentucky National Guard. "It’s something that we rarely see."
Three separate Flash Flood Emergencies were in effect early Thursday morning for areas around Hazard, Buckhorn and McRoberts as rising floodwaters swept away homes and vehicles and rivers and creeks rose out of their banks.
Between 7 and 10 inches of rain has fallen in parts of eastern Kentucky since Wednesday, most of which fell in just a few hours early Thursday morning. The cities of Hazard and Jackson have both received nearly 8 inches.
FOX Weather's Will Nunley captured the video below of homes being washed away from the catastrophic flooding in Hazard.
Storm chaser Brandon Clement was in the Hazard area as Flash Flood Emergencies were issued. The raging water led to multiple rescues, record-setting flooding and widespread devastation across portions of eastern Kentucky.
FOX Weather watcher Marlene Abner Stokely sent this video from Buckhorn, Kentucky, showing a school submerged in water.
"I’m praying for everyone in our community," said Amber Elise Carter, who posted this video on Facebook as flooding turned a street into a raging river in downtown Whitesburg, Kentucky. "This is devastating."
Be sure to take this week's flash flood threat seriously. You should have a way of receiving potentially life-saving Flash Flood Warnings issued by the National Weather Service, including the rare Flash Flood Emergency.
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