BREAKING: DANGEROUS FLOODING THROUGHOUT APPALACHIAN REGION

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From central West Virginia to northern Alabama, Appalachia is being inundated with water which is causing severe flooding throughout the region.

Kentucky — In Harlan County, Kentucky, video was captured of a mobile home being swept off its foundation and carried away in a torrent of water.

Elsewhere in eastern Kentucky, multiple mudslides have closed numerous roads as saturated ground along the hillsides have given way and covered roadways.

West Virginia–Flooding is especially bad in McDowell, County, West Virginia, where a state of emergency has been declared.  The number of roads closed or flooded in Southern West Virginia is currently unknown, however, photographs of individuals using boats to navigate roadways are being shown throughout social media.

All east bound lanes of I-64 at the 44 Mile Marker are shut down due to a hole in the bridge. All east bound traffic is being diverted to the Saint Albans exit. Per The Department of Highways this detour will remain in place until tomorrow morning (Friday February 7th).

In response to the flooding in West Virginia’s southern counties and the additional rain forecast, Governor Jim Justice has ordered the partial activation of the State Emergency Operations Center.

Virginia— At least twelve Virginia counties are currently under a flood warning, while Tazewell County is currently under a flash flood warning.

At 1:31 PM EST, emergency management reported significant flooding continuing due to heavy rain across the area. Up to three inches of rain have already fallen with light rainfall amounts continuing. Flash and additional river flooding will continue and likely worsen over the next few hours. The Clinch River at Richlands is above flood stage at 13.1 feet, and is expected to crest around 15 feet. This would be the highest river level witnessed in over 40 years, dating back to 1978.

Flooding is also ongoing along the Bluestone River at Falls Mill which has also surpassed flood stage. A Local Emergency has been declared and evacuations in vicinity of the Clinch River may be needed shortly.

Shelters are being opened around the county in preparation. Residents are being warned to “Move to higher ground now. This is an extremely dangerous and life-threatening situation. Do not attempt to travel unless you are fleeing an area subject to flooding or under an evacuation order. Excessive runoff from heavy rainfall will cause flooding of small creeks and streams, country roads, farmland, and other low lying spots.”

Tennessee


Tourists in Gatlinburg captured video of high water hitting pedestrian bridges and emergency officials in Sevier County, Tennessee, released a list of 66 roads that were flooded / closed in that county alone.  Additionally, the local governmental agency reported three separate landslides.  Gatlinburg has temporarily suspended all trolley service and a shelter has opened at a local community center (156 Proffitt Rd.).

North & South Carolina— The National Weather Service in Greenville-Spartanburg has issued a Flash Flood Warning for at least sixteen North Carolina counties, including the city of Charlotte, and eleven South Carolina counties.

At 1:53 PM EST, Doppler radar indicated thunderstorms producing heavy rain across the warned area. Up to two inches of rain have already fallen over the area and an additional line of strong thunderstorms will create flash flooding conditions. An evacuation due to flooding in Huntersville has also been reported.

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