UPDATE: Flash flooding has receded in much of Kanawha County and a flash flood warning remains in effect for southeastern Kanawha county and central Fayette County, West Virginia until 9:45 p.m. Wednesday.

Flash flood warning area as of 9 p.m. Wednesday

The flooding took place because of an intense round of storms during the evening commute time frame that dropped as much as 2 to 2.5 inches of rain over a narrow band of terrain from Cross Lanes, through Charleston and onto Fayetteville.

Doppler radar rainfall estimate as of 6:51 p.m. Wednesday

The heavy rain and severe storm risk are done for the night but more heavy rain is very possible on Friday.


KANAWHA COUNTY, WV (WOWK) — Severe weather is causing several traffic problems throughout our region.

According to Kanawha County Metro 911 officials, dispatchers have received “several reports” for weather-related calls throughout the county.

Dispatchers urge anyone who encounters high water, downed lines or downed trees to turn around and do not attempt to drive through the area.

The Kanawha County Sheriff’s Office says a deputy helped a woman get out of her car near Doc Bailey Road and Sourdough Lane in Cross Lanes after water began to enter her vehicle.

Metro 911 had reported high water in the area of Doc Bailey Road in Cross Lanes and says traffic lights were out in the East End of Charleston from Greenbrier Street to Morris Street.

West Virginia 511 also reported two minor crashes on I-64, at the 50 and 47 mile markers, along with traffic congestion near mile marker 45.

According to StormTracker 13 Chief Meteorologist Spencer Adkins, the storms will encompass much of the area until at least 7 p.m. Anyone in areas of severe thunderstorms should move indoors away from windows and avoid using plugged-in appliances or plumbing.

A flood watch is also in effect for parts of the Tri-State that will continue until at least Thursday morning due to torrential downpours.