Dozens of animals rescued from flood waters in Kentucky

Courtesy: WFIE
Courtesy: WFIE

Dozens of animals had to be rescued and moved to higher ground as flood waters hit parts of Kentucky.

In Yelvington, Daviess County, firefighters and animal shelter workers went by boat to a home to save chickens, birds, rabbits and a dog.  Several other animals including a coyote, a dog and some cats, drowned before crews could get there.

The owners of the animals had already evacuated the home. They are being asked to contact the animal shelter or face the possibility of abandonment or animal cruelty charges.

Residents are heading for higher ground as the Ohio River rises and hundreds of people in southeast Missouri are being told to leave their homes along the Black River because a levee is in danger of breaking.

With more heavy rain forecast through at least Wednesday, residents and emergency officials throughout the Ohio and Mississippi River valleys are preparing for flooding that a Kentucky meteorologist says could be catastrophic.

Closer to home, your East Texas Weather forecast calls for a chance of severe storms Monday afternoon. Any storm today could produce very large hail, high winds, and possible tornadoes. "The best threat of storms is to the north of the KTRE-TV viewing area," according to Brad Hlozek, KTRE Chief Meteorologist.

A Tornado Watch is in effect until 10 p.m. this evening for Angelina, Cherokee, Houston, Nacogdoches, Polk, Rusk, Sabine, San Augustine, Shelby, and Trinity counties.

Strong thunderstorms are again hitting parts of North Texas, including at least one large tornado that formed in the open country southwest of Fort Worth that was captured on live aerial video.

The funnel formed briefly around mid-afternoon Monday about 30 miles southwest of Fort Worth, between Cleburne and Glen Rose. It was unclear how long it was on the ground, but spotters reported that it touched down briefly.

Damaging winds also were reported near Palestine in East Texas, about 100 miles southeast of Dallas. Storm sirens also sounded in Denton, but there was no report of a tornado there.

There were no immediate reports of damage or injury.

Highs Monday afternoon will reach the middle to upper 80s with overnight lows dropping into the upper 60s to near 70 degrees. Tuesday we could see another round of strong to severe storms.  You can keep up with the latest weather developments at the KTRE Storm Tracker 9 Weather Center.

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