Kentucky governor declares state of emergency due to floods

Rainfall in excess of 11 inches was recorded in the city of Mayfield. Rains are forecast to continue through Sunday, with a brief break on Saturday.

While citizens residing in states such as Texas, California and Arizona suffer a sweltering heat wave, others living in states such as Kentucky are suffering the consequences of heavy rains. Governor Andy Beshear declared a state of emergency due to severe flooding across much of the state.

"The town of Mayfield, which has already been through too much, has had significant rain and likely significant damage. For all the communities that have been impacted, I am now signing a state of emergency," Beshear said in a video posted on Twitter. "I have declared a state of emergency to help communities like Mayfield and others affected by widespread flooding. This action will allow us to better support our fellow Kentuckians during this difficult time. More rain is expected today – please stay alert and safe."

"Please pray for Mayfield and areas of Western Kentucky impacted by significant flooding from last night's storms," the governor said in another release. "We're working to assess the damage and respond. Just like every challenge we've faced, we will be there for all those affected. We will get through this together."

Specifically, the city of Mayfield and Graves County recorded rainfall of 11.28 inches, the National Weather Service (NWS) reported on Twitter. As the hours went by, the rains became less intense.

The NWS forecasts that precipitation will cease in Kentucky on Saturday but will tentatively return on Sunday. "Another round of showers and storms are expected today, some may be strong and produce very heavy rainfall. A brief break in the rainfall and slightly lower humidity can be expected into at least the first half of the weekend."