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National Weather Service says flooding a threat through Friday

The Free Press WV

The counties in West Virginia’s mid-section are under a flash flood watch from the National Weather Service until early Saturday morning.

Central West Virginia counties under the threat of flooding.

The steady rain is adding to what has already been a soggy month, according to National Weather Service Meteorologist Maura Casey.

“When creeks are already up and the ground is already saturated and we get more rain on top of it–that’s where we get some flooding issues,” Casey said.

The steadiest rain Thursday afternoon was along Interstate 77 north of Charleston. High water was reported in the Sissonville area of Kanawha County and the Goldtown area of Jackson County. There were some reports of rainfall approaching three inches by 6:00 p.m. A flash flood warning was posted for the area until 10:15 p.m. Thursday. Parts of Wood and Pleasants counties were placed under a flood warning Thursday until 11:30 p.m.

The rain was expected to be more scattered Friday, Casey said.

“Luckily this is a pretty steady, spread out rain, but because we have those isolated spots that have received a lot of rain it’s definitely something to keep an eye on,” Casey said.

The flash flood watch for the central counties runs through Saturday at 2 a.m.

The counties under that watch include:

Barbour, Braxton, Calhoun, Clay, Doddridge, Gilmer, Harrison, Jackson, Kanawha, Lewis, Mason, Nicholas, Pocahontas, Pleasants, Putnam, Ritchie, Roane, Randolph, Webster, Taylor, Tyler, Upshur, Wirt and Wood.

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