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2:30PM:

FLASH FLOODING has been severe throughout Roane county this morning and this afternoon.  A Flash Flood Warning is in effect until 3:30PM today.  The Roane county 911 call center has been evacuated due to flooding and all 911 calls are being handled by Jackson county dispatchers.

The town of Spencer is flooded with authorities asking people to stay away from the city and Roane county altogether.  Water rescues are happening now as houses and businesses are under water.  Governor Earl Ray Tomblin has declared a State of Emergency in Roane county and the National Guard is assisting in many different efforts.

Once again, FLASH FLOODING has virtually shut down Roane county...please avoid travel to or through this area.

Flash Flood Warning for Braxton, Clay, Nicholas, Pocahontas, Randolph, Webster [WV] till 3:30 PM EDT

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12:46PM:

A line of thunderstorms is marching through West Virginia and eastern Kentucky.  These storms will produce VERY heavy rainfall and frequently gusty winds.  Some winds with the strongest storms will be in excess of 60mph. 

Flooding will be the primary concern through the afternoon hours with the already saturated ground.

Flash Flood Warning for Braxton, Clay, Nicholas, Pocahontas, Randolph, Webster [WV] till 3:30 PM EDT

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9:57PM:

SEVERE THUNDERSTORM WATCH UNTIL 2:00PM. Severe storms are possible this morning through midday as another line of storms moves from west to east across the area. Damaging winds and large hail are the primary threats today.  This watch includes the entire 13News viewing area.

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8:31AM:

All severe thunderstorm watches have been allowed to expire but strong thunderstorms will still be possible throughout the mid-morning and midday hours.  By late afternoon, most of the Tri-State should be clear of storms as they will be in the eastern panhandle and on the east coast.

Heavy rainfall has resulted in the following warnings:

Flash Flood Warning for Calhoun, Roane [WV] till 11:15 AM EDT

Flash Flood Warning for Braxton, Gilmer [WV] till 11:30 AM EDT

Flash Flood Warning for Braxton, Clay, Nicholas, Pocahontas, Randolph, Webster [WV] till 11:30 AM EDT

More rain is expected in these areas and will be a problem around many creeks and streams.  DO NOT DRIVE ACROSS FLOODED ROADWAYS!

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UPDATE:

An intense line of thunderstorms with a history of producing damaging wind continues to move south and east into southern Ohio and West Virginia.  Storms are expected to intensify through 6 a.m. as they cross the Ohio river and move through the Kanawha Valley.

Stormtracker Meteorologist Bryan Hughes says that 50 to 60 mph wind gusts are standard fare with these storms along with intense lightning.  Heavy rainfall is producing flooding across central Ohio and will be possible through West Virginia.

Storms are expected to decrease in intensity as they move into the mountains through sunrise.

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A SEVERE THUNDERSTORM WATCH HAS BEEN ISSUED UNTIL 6AM FOR ALL OF SOUTHERN OHIO AND NORTHERN WEST VIRGINIA.  THIS INCLUDES THE CITIES OF HUNTINGTON, CHARLESTON, ATHENS, PORTSMOUTH, POINT PLEASANT, GALLIPOLIS, SPENCER, RIPLEY AND WINFIELD.

...THIS IS A PARTICULARLY DANGEROUS SITUATION...

* PRIMARY THREATS INCLUDE: NUMEROUS SIGNIFICANT DAMAGING WIND GUSTS TO 80 MPH LIKELY, SEVERAL LARGE HAIL EVENTS LIKELY WITH A FEW VERY LARGE HAIL EVENTS TO 2 INCHES IN DIAMETER POSSIBLE, A FEW TORNADOES POSSIBLE *


Severe thunderstorms are likely across the Kentucky, Ohio and West Virginia Wednesday through Thursday.  Wind driven thunderstorms are possible across much of the WOWK viewing area and the StormTracker Weather Lab has been monitoring the situation for the past few days.  We're expecting 2 rounds of severe weather across the region.

Round 1 will be situated across southeast Ohio and West Virginia.  The wind, hail and low risk for an isolated tornado threat exists across the region.  Kentucky pretty much escapes the daytime storms.  One thing is for sure, it's going to be HOT across the region and it will be sticky too.

Round 2 will come in the overnight hours and that's really what we're concentrating on.  This is when we're expecting a line of storms to roll through the region.  This line has the potential to produce some very gusty winds.  Some of these winds will be in excess of 50mph.  Officially, a severe thunderstorm produces winds in excess of 58mph but trees and power lines around this region have been known to come down with much lower speeds.  We're estimating the time of arrival between 1AM and 4AM.

"What we know in our area is that a 30 mile per hour gust will knock down branches and limbs, so even if it's only brief, a gust up around 60 miles per hour or stronger could easily knock down parts of trees or trees themselves. So we urge people to just check their batteries in their flashlights and be sure they know where some of their basic supplies are, like we should have prepared any time of year anyhow," said chief meteorologist Spencer Adkins.

Make sure you have your supplies ready to go, it's the things you should usually have ready.  A case of water, a can of gasoline and some canned goods and power bars...these things are important.  Remember last year?  What would you do differently?  For the wind tonight what would you tie down or move inside?  Car?  Lawn chairs?  Trash can?  See if we can minimize any flying objects today/tonight.  Just some things to think about.