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National Weather Service issues flash flood watch for the region

September 26, 2018

Marshall students make their way across campus in the rain Monday in Huntington.

CHARLESTON — A flash flood threat continues in the Huntington region through late Wednesday, according to the National Weather Service in Charleston.

On Monday, the agency issued a “flash flood watch” for several counties in West Virginia, Ohio and Kentucky due to periods of moderate to heavy rain forecast through late Wednesday.

The flood watch was issued for portions of northeast Kentucky, southeast Ohio, and West Virginia, including Boyd, Carter, Greenup and Lawrence counties in northeastern Kentucky; Ohio, Gallia and Lawrence counties in southeast Ohio; and

Cabell, Wayne, Putnam, Lincoln, Kanawha, Braxton, Calhoun, Clay, Doddridge, Gilmer, Harrison, Jackson, Ritchie, Roane and Wirt counties in West Virginia through Wednesday afternoon.

“Soils across the area are nearly saturated due to previous rainfall,” the National Weather Service in Charleston said when it issued the flash flood watch. “Additional showers and thunderstorms, some with heavy rain, are expected to affect the area through late Wednesday.”

A flash flood watch means that conditions may develop that lead to flash flooding of creeks, streams and low lying areas.

“Flash flooding is a very dangerous situation,” the National Weather Service added. “You should monitor later forecasts and be prepared to take action should flash flood warnings be issued.”

A Cabell County 911 dispatcher said there had been no reports of flashing flooding in the county as of 5 p.m. Monday, and there had been no reports of any traffic accidents due to the wet road conditions.

Tuesday’s forecast calls for showers likely before noon, then showers likely and possibly a thunderstorm between noon and 1 p.m., and then showers and thunderstorms likely after 1 p.m. with cloudy conditions and a high near 80. The chance of precipitation is 70 percent Tuesday with new rainfall amounts between a quarter and half of an inch possible.

Wednesday’s forecast calls for showers and thunderstorms throughout the day. Some of the storms could produce heavy rainfall. The high will be near 79 with new rainfall amounts between a quarter and half of an inch possible.

Thursday’s forecast calls for mostly cloudy skies with a high near 74.

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