The Emergency Management for Jefferson County has sent out a warning about a low pressure system moving through today (Thursday December 27th) and tonight with strong winds across the region, along with likely showers.
The wind, forecast to lighten up by Friday morning, prompted a wind advisory from the National Weather Service out of Louisville, Kentucky.
It mentions sustained winds of up to 25 mph and gusts up to 45 this afternoon.
Water levels on the Ohio River are rising due to the accumulation of recent rains and this has made a tough time for barges, adding to recent barge accidents this past week.
The current water level is at 41.4 feet, down three from its crest at 44 feet two days ago, according to measurements made at the Markland Dam.
Flood stage is considered 51 feet, which the river went 6 feet over last February.
Below is the full Advisory:
A strong low pressure system is forecast to move from the central Plains and into the Great Lakes on Thursday and Thursday night. Strong south to southwest winds will be seen across the region Thursday and Thursday night. The winds are forecast to slacken off quickly by Friday morning. The National Weather Service in Louisville has issued a Wind Advisory, which is in effect from 7 AM EST /6 AM CST/ Thursday to 7 AM EST /6 AM CST/ Friday.
TIMING…Thursday through Thursday Night
WINDS…Sustained winds of 15 to 25 MPH with gusts of 40 to 45 MPH possible Thursday afternoon and Thursday night. Some localized gusts of 50 MPH are possible.
IMPACTS…Gusty winds can cause tree and branch damage. Loose outdoor object may be blown around. High profile vehicles traveling on east-west roadways may make traveling difficult.
Instructions: A Wind Advisory means that wind gusts of over 40 mph are expected. Winds this strong can make driving difficult… especially for high profile vehicles. Use extra caution.
Below is video of a Barge Being Ungrounded from the Markland Dam and Locks on Friday, December 21st: