UPDATE: 5:30AM: Flash flood warnings are in effect across many locations in western portions of West Virginia. The Mud River at Griffithsville is going into flood stage and there are flood warnings along the river there. Many roads are covered with water in some of these areas with the Flash Flood Warning.
UPDATE 9:30 p.m.: The rest of the counties in West Virginia have been added into the flash flood watch until mid day Wednesday. So far no flooding reports at all. Expecting another 6-10 hours with the rain in the region. See more info on flood potential below.
UPDATE 6:50 p.m.: A new tornado watch has been issued south of the 13 News viewing area until 2 a.m. for areas of Virginia and the Carolinas. We are monitoring the situation and feel there still could be rotating storms that come into the southeastern part of West Virginia late tonight. See more info below.
UDPATE: A Flash Flood Watch has been issued for a large part of West Virginia, parts of Ohio and much of Eastern Kentucky until mid day Wednesday. 2 to 3 inches of rain are possible in these areas.
(WOWK) – Severe weather is likely with the Tropical Storm Fred. It is in a diminished state but that doesn’t mean we’re out of the woods by any means.
FLASH FLOODING THREAT:
Let’s get to the heavy rain first. It’s the most predominate feature with the very heavy rain and the slow moving nature of the storm system. It will take about 12 hours for the system to cross the WOWK region but most people will see rain for a solid 6 to 8 hours.
Here’s a look at the rain totals through Wednesday at 7pm. Most of the rain falls overnight but this is looking at the entire storm total.
It will take some areas just a half inch in one hour to produce flash flooding across southern West Virginia. Other areas will be 1 to 1.5 inches of rain within an hour. We think that is likely for many locations.
The threat of tornadoes with any tropical storm system is high. We do expect a few small spin-ups to happen across our region, especially across West Virginia. The better chances are 10pm through 7am. Please be aware that these are typically very small and very short lived. Generally they happen within 5 minutes to 10 at the very best.
Here’s a look at Predictor for the night through Wednesday morning.
Here’s a much wider view of Predictor for your reference.