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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.

The Central to Northern Part of the WV Had Above Normal Precipitation in June

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Much of West Virginia experienced higher than average rain totals during the month of June, according to the National Weather Service.

“With these recent storms through the month of June, basically, the central and northern part of the state got on the wet side,” said NWS Meteorologist John Sikora.

The central to northern part of the state had above normal precipitation last month, just about 2 inches more than the average June number.

South of the Huntington-Charleston line down into the coal fields saw less rain.

Huntington reported 5.2 inches of rain, Parkersburg saw 5.89, Elkins saw a huge number of 8.52 for the month and Charleston had 5.98 inches.

“Normal for the general area is 4.25 to 5.5 inches depending on where you are in the state,” said Sikora.

Southern West Virginia was “abnormally dry” on the drought monitor, Sikora said, but with the recent rain, that area should be back up to normal numbers again.

“The rest of the state is basically above normal for the start of July,” he said.

Severe Thunderstorm Watch by National Weather Service

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The National Weather Service has issued a severe thunderstorm watch for multiple counties in West Virginia, Kentucky and Ohio.

The watch is in effect until 9:00 PM in West Virginia in:

    •  Braxton
    •  Gilmer
    •  Webster
    •  Calhoun
    •  Nicholas
    •  Clay
    •  Roane
    •  Lewis
    •  Pocahontas
    •  Randolph
    •  Upshur
    •  Boone
    •  Lincoln
    •  Fayette
    •  Kanawha
    •  Logan
    •  McDowell
    •  Mingo
    •  Putnam
    •  Raleigh
    •  Wyoming
    •  Cabell
    •  Wayne

A watch means severe weather is possible within the next few hours.

Weather Service Confirms Tornado in Jackson County

RIPLEY, WV - The National Weather Service has confirmed a tornado in Jackson County during a recent storm.

The weather service says the tornado touched down Friday night about 2 miles outside Ripley and traveled about one-and-a-half miles.

It toppled trees along a path of up to 200 yards wide and caused minor damage to a church.

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The tornado was rated EF0, the lowest rated tornado with maximum winds of 80 miles per hour.

Downburst winds associated with the same storm caused more severe damage.

The weather service says the winds destroyed two machine sheds, pushed two empty hay trailers about 60 yards and caused significant tree damage.

One home and three garages were flooded when Stationcamp Run left its banks.

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