“Many roads are closed and life-threatening flooding is occurring throughout the region,” the weather service noted.
About 3 to 6 inches of rain had fallen in the area by early Thursday, with 1 to 3 more inches possible during the day, the weather service said.
Whitewater rescues were reported in Perry County, including in Chavies, a community of a few hundred people about 110 miles southeast of Lexington, the weather service said.
In the Breathitt County community of Jackson, video recorded by Deric Lostutter showed floodwaters rushing past a home in the predawn darkness on Thursday, carrying a trash can and other debris with it.
“Many county roads are covered in water and impassable. Please stay off the roads if possible tonight,” the message said.