High Water and Flooding Possible This Weekend


High water and flooding are possible this weekend thanks to the remnants of Tropical Storm Bill according to the StormTracker meteorologists.

The National Weather Service has issued a Flash Flood Watch for Fayette, Raleigh, Wyoming and McDowell counties in the 59 News viewing area that begins at 8 a.m. Saturday and ends 5 a.m. Sunday morning. The watch runs from noon Saturday until 8 a.m. Sunday for Tazewell, Summers, Bland, Mercer, Monroe, Greenbrier and Pocahontas counties.   

Several rounds of showers are expected over ground that is already saturated.  Thunderstorms could produce anywhere from one to three inches of rain in this period.  

Flash flooding occurs rapidly and ends rapidly but often catches motorists off guard.  

“We want our viewers to drive with caution in these downpours and we want them to remember the saying, ‘Turn around, don’t drown’,” said Chief Meteorologist Spencer Adkins.

Another round of heavy rain is possible late on Sunday so there is a chance the flash flood watch could be extended or a new one could be issued Sunday as well according to Adkins.

Viewers are reminded that a watch means conditions are right to see flooding, but a warning means flooding is happening and action is required.Watches, warnings and advisories can all be found scrolling on the top of wvnstv.com any time and also appear on the weather section of the WVNS 59 NEWS app available in Google Play and the App Store.

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