By Erik Taylor
Severe Storms are now moving closer and closer to the area. A Severe T-Storm Watch has now been issued for Raleigh, Fayette, McDowell, and Wyoming Counties until 12am. Plenty of wind along this line with tons of lightning. Please seek shelter immediately as the ETA with this is about 1.5-2 hours.
A very potent complex of showers and storms will be pushing toward the area this afternoon on top of the flash flooding this morning. All of the ingredients are coming together for a widespread severe weather outbreak across the region.
“Today, you need to prepare for heavy weather with big time concerns for flash flooding and even wind damage that could lead to some additional power outages. We will be here throughout the day as the storm makes it way toward our area.” Meteorologist Erik Taylor says.
Today a powerful complex of storms will make its way into southern West Virginia later on today as we get to the afternoon and evening hours. Its all associated with a big cold front to our north and low pressure speeding along in the upper levels of the atmosphere.
There is a frontal boundary in the area that will aid as a trigger mechanism for strong to severe thunderstorms this afternoon and evening. All hazards will be on the table from damaging winds, small hail, vivid lightning, very low probability of a tornado and a very high risk flash flooding.
A “Enhanced Risk” for severe weather has been put in place as a result for most of the area today. On our storm threat scale that is still on the medium side of things running about a 3 out of 5. An “Enhanced Risk” for severe weather is very rare for this area and must be taken seriously. All hazards are on the table since the atmosphere look to be primed for damaging winds, flash flooding, large hail, & a very very low probability of a tornado.Rainfall amounts could top out at an additional 1-3″ over the area. Please watch out in the low lying and poor drainage areas.
Conditions look to quickly deteriorate between 3pm-8pm this afternoon and evening. With sunshine this morning and very warm temps surging near 85 degrees we will have the perfect mix for storms. A closer look shows the worst wave of storms between 4-6pm give or take an hour or two. It looks as if we will have two waves of storms with the main line first followed by some secondary storms along the front as it passes through the overnight hours keeping the flash flood threat in play.
WEATHER SAFETY TIPS:
Some things to remember with severe weather working into the area are as followed. The time is now to prepare. Know the difference between a watch vs a warning. A watch means conditions are favorable for severe thunderstorms to develop. A warning means that conditions are occurring or are imminent. Stay indoors when thunder roars whether it be away from any windows or outer walls to avoid debris or even being struck by lightning. Most of all have a plan ready to go such as a safe place to be or even a list contacts near by. Keep your cell phone charges and stay alert through all media sources whether it be the radio, tv, your phone, or online.
The StormTracker59 Weather Team will be with you around the clock for today as severe weather continues to push toward the area. Remember to download our free 59News mobile app available on both the Apple and GooglePlay stores.Stay safe and stay tuned for further updates.