Saturday Evening Storms to Act as a Primer
Thunderstorms with torrential rains, gusty winds and frequent lightning will create local high water issues this evening across the WSAZ viewing area.
Through 7pm the Big Sandy and Ohio Valleys from Paintsville to Louisa to the River Cities of Huntington-Ashland-Ironton to Gallipolis-Point Pleasant-Pomeroy will be the main focus.
With ground in the Charleston-Kanawha Valley area super wet after a top 10 wettest June, it will take just one heavy thunderstorm to send creeks and streams up to the brink of flood. This area should remain dry for the early evening hours of Saturday.
The primary risk from these storms will be street flooding and power hits. These rains will also prime the region for more extensive flooding on Sunday when heavy rains are expected to redevelop. For that reason a Flash Flood Watch is in effect into Sunday.