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FLASH FLOOD WATCH IN EFFECT

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UPDATE Friday Evening: Flood watches and warnings have been canceled.

Thunderstorms have the possibility of creating flooding rainfall as we go throughout the morning and early afternoon.  The storms will move slowly west to east across the area.  These storms, combined with the rainfall from the previous days rains could cause area creeks and streams to rise sharply.  The areas large rivers will rise over the next 48 to 72 hours. 

Those thunderstorms have the capability of adding 1 to 2 inches of rain over the next 24 hours but there will be isolated amounts of 3+ inches possible.  Some of the heaviest rains are expected to be in the Greenbrier Valley as well as eastern parts of West Virginia.  After Thursday, only isolated sprinkles/showers will be expected Friday and Saturday and those amounts will be less than 1/10th of an inch.

Remember the rule: Turn Around, Don't Drown!  Do not drive into waters of unknown depth, flooding is the #1 killer of weather related disasters in the U.S. and one death has been reported in the region within the past 2 weeks.