The National Weather Service in Charleston, West Virginia, has issued a FLASH FLOOD WATCH for most of Southern West Virginia and Eastern Kentucky, following extended periods of showers and developing thunderstorms.
West Virginia counties mentioned in the watch include: Boone, Cabell, Lincoln, Logan, McDowell, Mingo, Raleigh, Wayne and Wyoming; the warning also includes virtually all of Eastern Kentucky.
The federal weather agency’s special weather statement will remain in effect until Friday morning.
In a statement issued to the public this afternoon, meteorologists stated, “Showers and thunderstorms will develop and continue through the afternoon and overnight hours. Some of these storms have the potential to produce locally 1-2 inches of rain in an hour.”
Forecasters fear that the saturated ground throughout most of our region may have the potential to easily flood with an inch or less of rain in an hour.
“The best chances for flooding will be along small streams and creeks, low lying and poor drainage areas,” stated a representative from the National Weather Service.
A flash flood watch means that conditions may develop that could lead to flash flooding.
Flash flooding is a very dangerous situation and residents are encouraged to monitor local forecasts, as well as creek levels in order to remain safe.
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