High Water Risk Heightened Early Tuesday


Tuesday Flooding Concerns

The flash flood season reared its ugly head again last night as a slow moving thunderstorm parked overtop downtown Beckley WV. Aided by the cooled air of the mountain plateau of southern West Virginia reports of 2 inches of rain were common in a narrow stretch from near Theatre West Virginia’s home in Daniels to Shoemaker Square to nearby Sprague.

Travelers along the turnpike had to pull over to avoid the deluge at the intersection of I-77 and I-64.

Sergeant Williams of Beckley’s finest told me, “lots of street flooding with part of the Byrd Drive closed” as of 11pm last night.

That slow moving downpour is a sign that a semi-tropical late spring air mass has taken hold of our region for Tuesday. So rather than waiting for the afternoon hours to unleash downpours, the air will be in a “go position” from the start on Tuesday.

Heavy street flooding downpours are likely Tuesday morning, especially along and south of I-64. In the Southeast Kentucky and Southern WV Coalfields, small stream flooding is also possible in areas that had heavy rains the past 2 days.

If you live along a stream prone to flooding and heavy rains develop and last longer than an hour, monitor water levels closely.

Tuesday afternoon will dry out as skies brighten and the sun returns.

Another thunderstorm, this time with briefly gusty rains, will cross the region late Tuesday night. New high water is not likely then.


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