FLOOD WATCH Issued for 22 WV Counties: Mon., June 27, 2016

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West Virginia flooding. Photo courtesy: WVDOT
West Virginia flooding.
Photo courtesy: WVDOT

The National Weather Service in Charleston, West Virginia, has issued a FLOOD WATCH for 22 West Virginia counties (Boone, Braxton, Cabell, Calhoun, Clay, Fayette, Gilmer, Jackson, Kanwaha, Lincoln, Logan, Mason, Mingo, Nicholas, Pocahontas, Putnam, Raleigh, Roane, Wayne, Webster, Wirt and Wyoming).

According to a statement released by the weather agency at 3:30 a.m., a “flash flood watch remains in effect from 9 a.m. this morning through evening.”

Forecasters say that West Virginians should expect the heaviest amount of rainfall to occur between 2 p.m. and 8 p.m. Monday.

“Heavy rain producing thunderstorms today and this evening combined with recent rains could cause flash flooding… streams may rise rapidly coming out of their banks causing flooding of roads and property,” stated the special weather statement issued by the National Weather Service.

Today’s storms will be the result of a slow moving cold front that will pass across the region this afternoon; increasing deep moisture ahead of the front will result in another round of slow moving showers and thunderstorms, especially this afternoon and into early evening.

“Heavy rainfall will be possible with some of the storms which could cause flash flooding.  The ground in many areas is completely saturated from excessive rainfall late lastweek.”

Residents are encouraged to monitor forecasts throughout the day and be prepared to take action.

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