Flood alert this afternoon
Flood season kicks into high gear
1:30 PM Update
Steady and in places heavy rains are returning this Sunday afternoon. While the heaviest rains this morning were in Ohio and Central WV well north of I-64, these new rains will show a tendency to shift south of the interstate in time. As wet as the ground is, and as active as the radar looks, the risk for new small stream rises and flash floods must be respected.
Aerial flood warnings are out for this afternoon.
Meanwhile small rivers will be rising all day long and several are forecasted to go into flood whether tonight or Monday. Interests along the Coal, Guyandotte, Levisa, Tug Forks of the Big Sandy, Little Sandy as well as Twelve Pole through Wayne County and Four Pole through Cabell County should monitor water levels closely. As of 1PM the Four Pole was overflowing in spots from Enslow Park to the Memorial Arch and any new surge of rain can send waters toward homeowner property.
Check out the latest radar here.
Finally the Great Kanawha and Mighty Ohio Rivers will be rising steadily the next 24 hours. In time the Ohio is forecasted by the National Weather Service to breach flood stage at several key locations while the Kanawha swamps Schoenbaum Stage at Haddad Park and Magic Island.
HUNTINGTON, W.Va. (WSAZ) -It didn’t take long for the spring flood season to rear its ugly head. Weekend rains have targeted select areas with “training” downpours which have produced two inch accumulations. Since those rains have fallen on a saturated ground after the snow and ice melt of this past week the notion of high water has been realized.
Fortunately Saturday morning’s heavy rain area in the far southern Coalfields has not been hit again with the Sunday morning drenching along the I-64 zone. So the zone from Pike and Floyd Ky. through Mingo and Logan WV are free of high water for now. However the area from Putnam, through Cabell, Wayne, Mason, Lawrence Ky. and Lawrence Ohio is under high water alert into the afternoon with flood warnings from the National Weather Service likely to be extended beyond 11am.
The Sunday afternoon forecast shows the heavy rains moving away from the I-64 zone as it shifts into Interior Southern Ohio and Central and Northern WV. New flood warnings for this area are probable.
For much of the region a break this afternoon will see the sun poke through the clouds with spring-like warm temperatures soaring into the 60s. Then by late afternoon and evening new heavy rains will renew the risk of flooding.
Add it up and our small rivers and creeks (like the Coal, Little Sandy, Guyandotte, perhaps the Tygarts, Four Pole and Twelve-pole among others) will likely be going into flood once the new rains move in and runoff resumes.
Naturally interests along the Great Kanawha, Scioto, Big Sandy and Mighty Ohio should keep up with probable future flood statements.
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