Summers Severe Watches & Warnings NOAA Weather Radio

Flash Flood Watch
Statement as of 4:36 AM EDT on August 22, 2014

...Flash Flood Watch in effect through late tonight...

The National Weather Service in Blacksburg has issued a

* Flash Flood Watch for portions of southwest Virginia and southeast West Virginia...including the following southwest Virginia...Bland...Giles...Montgomery...Pulaski... Smyth...Tazewell and Wythe. In southeast West Virginia... Greenbrier...Mercer...Monroe and Summers.

* Through late tonight

* several rounds of showers and thunderstorms are expected today and tonight. Rainfall of 1 to 3 inches is possible...the higher amounts occurring where storms pass repeatedly over the same area. If rainfall amounts exceed 2 inches in an hour or less... flash flooding will occur.

* The ground has been moistened by a wetter than normal August. This has allowed return to normal or slightly above normal...especially across southern West Virginia and southwestern Virginia. Heavy rainfall today will likely cause streams to rise more...and if the heavy rain falls in a short enough period of time...flash flooding will occur.

Precautionary/preparedness actions...

A Flash Flood Watch means that conditions may develop that lead to flash flooding. Flash flooding is a very dangerous situation. You should monitor later forecasts and be prepared to take action should flash flood warnings be issued.