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National Weather Service Issues More Weather Watches

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The National Weather Service has placed a dozen West Virginia counties under a Severe Thunderstorm Watch until 4 PM Friday.

Meteorologists said conditions are favorable for strong storms moving in from the west with heavy winds, lightning and rain.

The counties under the watch include:

Boone, Cabell, Jackson, Kanawha, Lincoln, Logan, Mason, McDowell, Mingo, Putnam, Wayne and Wyoming.


The weather service also issued a Flash Flood Watch for most of West Virginia through Saturday morning.

The counties under watch include:

Barbour, Boone, Braxton, Cabell, Calhoun, Clay, Doddridge, Fayette, Gilmer, Harrison, Jackson, Kanawha, Lewis, Lincoln, Logan, Mason, McDowell, Mingo, Nicholas, Pleasants, Pocahontas, Putnam, Raleigh, Randolph, Ritchie, Roane, Taylor, Tyler, Upshur, Wayne, Webster, Wirt, Wood and Wyoming.

Flooding Continues to Plague Central West Virginia

SPENCER, WV – The pattern of near daily deluges of rain and thunderstorms has been soaking West Virginia for a couple of weeks. Forecasters say there’s no end in sight for the present pattern. The daily fluctuation of streams has worn thin on those living in flood prone areas.

“We didn’t have water in any homes.  We had some basements flooded and a few streets closed.  It’s been kind of a constant, constant in central West Virginia in the past several weeks,” said Spencer Mayor Terry Williams. “You have drainage problems and more slips and things like that.  That’s the part that really wears on people.”

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Julie Knicely: A truck is lost in a swollen stream in Spencer
Wednesday night, the occupants were rescued


Wednesday night, crews from the city of Spencer were busy trying to unplug drains and closing down streets as waters of Spring Creek, Tanner Run, and Goff Run started to rise.  The heavy rains from outlying areas caused as much trouble in the town as the rain received directly according to the Mayor.

“Tuesday night we have about 1.65 inches of new rain and last night 1.53 inches right in the downtown,” Williams explained. “Some of the surrounding areas got even more rain which flowed into Spencer.”

Clogged drains are a constant problem all over the town and all over Central West Virginia.  Streams and creeks are already running high, the ground is saturated, and any additional rainfall causes the waters to reach flood stage rapidly.

“We do have more occasions of tremendous downpours of rain,” Williams said. “The drainage systems are nowhere near built to handle that kind of rainfall when you get an inch of rain in less than an hour.”

While he’d like to have the answer for those putting up with the constant nuisance and worry, Williams said a change in the current weather pattern would be the biggest help right now.

There are no watches posted in West Virginia this afternoon, but that could change with more rain and thunderstorms in the forecast.

~~  Chris Lawrence ~~

FLASH FLOOD WATCH REMAINS IN EFFECT THROUGH WEDNESDAY EVENING

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The National Weather Service
Charleston, WV
Wednesday, July 08, 2015, 4:01 AM EDT


THE FLASH FLOOD WATCH CONTINUES FOR :

* PORTIONS OF NORTHEAST KENTUCKY… SOUTHEAST OHIO… SOUTHWEST VIRGINIA AND WEST VIRGINIA… INCLUDING THE FOLLOWING AREAS… IN NORTHEAST KENTUCKY… BOYD… CARTER… GREENUP AND LAWRENCE KY. IN SOUTHEAST OHIO… ATHENS… GALLIA… JACKSON OH… LAWRENCE OH… MORGAN… MEIGS… PERRY… VINTON AND WASHINGTON. IN SOUTHWEST VIRGINIA… BUCHANAN AND DICKENSON. IN WEST VIRGINIA… BARBOUR… BOONE… BRAXTON… CABELL… CALHOUN… CLAY… DODDRIDGE… FAYETTE… GILMER… HARRISON… JACKSON WV… KANAWHA… LEWIS… LINCOLN… LOGAN… MASON… MCDOWELL… MINGO… NICHOLAS… PLEASANTS… POCAHONTAS… PUTNAM… RALEIGH… RANDOLPH… RITCHIE… ROANE… TAYLOR… TYLER… UPSHUR… WAYNE… WEBSTER… WIRT… WOOD AND WYOMING.

* THROUGH THIS EVENING

* SHOWERS AND THUNDERSTORMS ARE EXPECTED TO CONTINUE TODAY… AS A FRONT STALLS IN OUR VICINITY.

* DUE TO THE RECENT ROUNDS OF SHOWERS AND STORMS… THE GROUND IS WETTER THAN NORMAL. THAT ALLOWS FOR FASTER RUNOFF… AND QUICKER RISES ON SMALL STREAMS AND CREEKS. RAINS OF 1 TO 2 INCHES IN LESS THAN A FEW HOURS COULD CAUSE VULNERABLE STREAMS TO FLOOD. LOCAL RAIN AMOUNTS OF 2.5 INCHES OR MORE COULD CAUSE MORE SERIOUS FLASH FLOODING.


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The National Weather Service
Charleston, WV
Tuesday, July 07, 2015, 3:22 PM EDT


THE FLASH FLOOD WATCH CONTINUES FOR:

* PORTIONS OF NORTHEAST KENTUCKY… SOUTHEAST OHIO… SOUTHWEST VIRGINIA AND WEST VIRGINIA… INCLUDING THE FOLLOWING AREAS… IN NORTHEAST KENTUCKY… BOYD… CARTER… GREENUP AND LAWRENCE KY. IN SOUTHEAST OHIO… ATHENS… GALLIA… JACKSON OH… LAWRENCE OH… MORGAN… MEIGS… PERRY… VINTON AND WASHINGTON. IN SOUTHWEST VIRGINIA… BUCHANAN AND DICKENSON. IN WEST VIRGINIA… BARBOUR… BOONE… BRAXTON… CABELL… CALHOUN… CLAY… DODDRIDGE… FAYETTE… GILMER… HARRISON… JACKSON WV… KANAWHA… LEWIS… LINCOLN… LOGAN… MASON… MCDOWELL… MINGO… NICHOLAS… PLEASANTS… POCAHONTAS… PUTNAM… RALEIGH… RANDOLPH… RITCHIE… ROANE… TAYLOR… TYLER… UPSHUR… WAYNE… WEBSTER… WIRT… WOOD AND WYOMING.

* THROUGH WEDNESDAY EVENING

* SHOWERS AND THUNDERSTORMS ARE EXPECTED TO INCREASE IN COVERAGE THIS AFTERNOON AND TONIGHT. ROUNDS OF SHOWERS AND STORMS WILL PERSIST ON WEDNESDAY… AS A FRONT STALLS IN OUR VICINITY.

* DUE TO THE RECENT ROUNDS OF SHOWERS AND STORMS… THE GROUND IS WETTER THAN NORMAL. THAT ALLOWS FOR FASTER RUNOFF… AND QUICKER RISES ON SMALL STREAMS AND CREEKS. RAINS OF 1 TO 2 INCHES IN LESS THAN A FEW HOURS COULD CAUSE VULNERABLE STREAMS TO FLOOD. LOCAL RAIN AMOUNTS OF 2.5 INCHES OR MORE COULD CAUSE MORE SERIOUS FLASH FLOODING.

Storms Headed Our Way

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CHARLESTON, WV — The soggy weather patterns which have dominated West Virginia it the past few days show no signs of changing in the coming days.

“There is no end in sight as of right now. It looks to stay active for the next week or so,” said Simone Lewis, Meteorologist with the National Weather Service in Charleston. “People who live near flood prone creeks and streams should remain vigilant, not only over the next couple of days with the heavy showers and thunderstorms, but as this wet pattern continues we’re probably going to continue to see problems.”

The greatest potential for flooding for Tuesday and Wednesday is in the north central counties of West Virginia along with parts of the northern panhandle and eastern panhandle.

“There’s a cold front across the mid-west and that is going to approach our area later this afternoon and tonight,” said Lewis. “Out ahead of that front we’re going to have a good southwesterly flow and that’s going to increase the moisture content of the air.”

Heavy downpours and thunderstorms are projected not only for the northern half of the state, but also in the Charleston, Huntington, and Beckley areas.  Although the potential for flooding isn’t as great in those southern West Virginia locations.

Flood watches are out for the northern counties starting at 4 PM.


Issued by The National Weather Service
Charleston, WV
Tuesday, July 07, 2015, 12:35 PM EDT
 


... FLASH FLOOD WATCH REMAINS IN EFFECT FROM 4 PM EDT THIS AFTERNOON THROUGH WEDNESDAY EVENING…


THE FLASH FLOOD WATCH CONTINUES FOR

* PORTIONS OF NORTHEAST KENTUCKY… SOUTHEAST OHIO AND WEST VIRGINIA… INCLUDING THE FOLLOWING AREAS… IN NORTHEAST KENTUCKY… BOYD… CARTER… GREENUP AND LAWRENCE KY. IN SOUTHEAST OHIO… ATHENS… GALLIA… JACKSON OH… LAWRENCE OH… MORGAN… MEIGS… PERRY… VINTON AND WASHINGTON. IN WEST VIRGINIA… BARBOUR… BOONE… BRAXTON… CABELL… CALHOUN… CLAY… DODDRIDGE… FAYETTE… GILMER… HARRISON… JACKSON WV… KANAWHA… LEWIS… LINCOLN… LOGAN… MASON… MINGO… NICHOLAS… PLEASANTS… POCAHONTAS… PUTNAM… RANDOLPH… RITCHIE… ROANE… TAYLOR… TYLER… UPSHUR… WAYNE… WEBSTER… WIRT AND WOOD.

* FROM 4 PM EDT THIS AFTERNOON THROUGH WEDNESDAY EVENING

* SHOWERS AND THUNDERSTORMS ARE EXPECTED TO INCREASE IN COVERAGE THIS AFTERNOON AND TONIGHT. ROUNDS OF SHOWERS AND STORMS WILL PERSIST ON WEDNESDAY… AS A FRONT STALLS IN OUR VICINITY.

* DUE TO THE RECENT ROUNDS OF SHOWERS AND STORMS… THE GROUND IS WETTER THAN NORMAL. THAT ALLOWS FOR FASTER RUNOFF… AND QUICKER RISES ON SMALL STREAMS AND CREEKS. RAINS OF 1 TO 2 INCHES IN LESS THAN A FEW HOURS COULD CAUSE VULNERABLE STREAMS TO FLOOD. LOCAL RAIN AMOUNTS OF 2.5 INCHES OR MORE COULD CAUSE MORE SERIOUS FLASH FLOODING.

Flash Flood Watch

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Issued by The National Weather Service
Charleston, WV
Sunday, July 05, 2015, 10:42 AM EDT

 
... FLASH FLOOD WATCH IN EFFECT THROUGH LATE TONIGHT…

THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE IN CHARLESTON HAS EXPANDED THE

* FLASH FLOOD WATCH TO INCLUDE PORTIONS OF NORTHEAST KENTUCKY AND WEST VIRGINIA… INCLUDING THE FOLLOWING AREAS… IN NORTHEAST KENTUCKY… BOYD AND CARTER. IN WEST VIRGINIA… BRAXTON… CABELL… CALHOUN… GILMER… PUTNAM… ROANE AND WEBSTER.

* THROUGH LATE TONIGHT

* SHOWERS… WITH A FEW THUNDERSTORMS… ARE EXPECTED TO INCREASE IN COVERAGE TODAY. LOCAL DOWNPOURS ARE LIKELY.

* DUE TO THE RECENT ROUNDS OF SHOWERS AND STORMS… THE GROUND IS WETTER THAN NORMAL. THAT ALLOWS FOR FASTER RUNOFF… AND QUICKER RISES ON SMALL STREAMS AND CREEKS. RAINS OF 1 TO 2 INCHES IN LESS THAN A FEW HOURS COULD CAUSE VULNERABLE STREAMS TO FLOOD. LOCAL RAIN AMOUNTS OF 2.5 INCHES OR MORE COULD CAUSE MORE SERIOUS FLASH FLOODING.


PRECAUTIONARY/PREPAREDNESS ACTIONS…

A FLASH FLOOD WATCH MEANS THAT CONDITIONS MAY DEVELOP THAT LEAD TO FLASH FLOODING. FLASH FLOODING IS A DANGEROUS SITUATION.

THOSE LIVING ALONG FLOOD PRONE CREEKS… PLUS COUNTY AND STATE OFFICIALS… SHOULD MONITOR WATER LEVELS FREQUENTLY DURING ANY HEAVIER SHOWERS TODAY AND TONIGHT. BE PREPARED TO TAKE ACTION SHOULD WATER LEVELS RISE QUICKLY… OR A FLASH FLOOD WARNING IS POSTED.

ALSO… BEING THE END OF THE INDEPENDENCE DAY HOLIDAY WEEKEND… TRAVELERS NEED TO SLOW DOWN DURING ANY HEAVIER RAIN. DO NOT DRIVE THROUGH WATER FLOWING ACROSS ROADS… OR INTO FLOODED UNDERPASSES.

High Water Threat in WV for 4th of July Weekend

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CHARLESTON, WV — Storms are in the forecast for the Independence Day Holiday Weekend.

Flood Watches from the National Weather Service remain in effect Friday for Wayne, Cabell, Lincoln, Putnam, Kanawha, Mingo, Logan, Boone, Clay, McDowell, Wyoming, Raleigh, Fayette and Nicholas counties.

The National Weather Service also added Mason, Jackson and Roane counties to the list.

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