The State of West Virginia is in a state of emergency following what is appearing to become historic summer storms in the Mountain State.
With more that 23 counties in the state under a tornado watch, devastating floods in several communities and online reports of possible dam breaches, Governor Earl Ray Tomblin issued a proclamation declaring the state to be under a “state of emergency.”
In his proclamation, which was initially for certain portions of Greenbrier and Nicholas Counties, but was since been expanded to include 44 of the state’s 55 counties, the Governor stated, “this severe storm even has cuased rockslides, mudslides and flooding, and has damaged homes, businesses, roads and bridges… [rendering certain portions of the state] inaccessible because of public infrastructure damage.”
Among the devastated communities is the City of Richwood, West Virginia, in Nicholas County. Richwood flooded Thursday afternoon following a rise in the Cherry River.
In addition to Richwood, White Sulphur Springs is also under water, with one eyewitness uploading video of them “stuck in the car,” looking out as a floating pile of burning debris went floating past them.
White Sulphur Springs was slated to host the Greenbrier Classic two weeks from now, however, pro-golfer Bubba Watson uploaded a photo of the 1st hole tee, completely inundated with water.
Tragically, on the western end of the Mountain State, media reports are stating that a toddler was swept away in flood waters near Ravenswood, West Virginia. The child, which is a 2-4 year old male, was apparently last seen roughly 1.5 miles from the Ohio River. Emergency crews sought for the child for over 2 hours, however, the search was suspended late Thursday evening.
According to forecasters at the National Weather Service, showers and thunderstorms will continue through the evening and into the night. Chances of showers and thunderstorms continue into Friday night, with mainly before 10 pm.
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