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Southern W.Va. Flash Flood Watch Upgraded to Warning in Some Areas


The National Weather Service in Charleston has issued a flash flood watch for most of southern West Virginia. The watch has been upgraded to a flash flood warning in several areas, including some of those most affected by last week's flood. The alerts are in effect from Monday morning through Monday evening. 

The watch comes just days after flooding in the area killed 25, destroyed homes, washed out roadways and knocked out power to tens of thousands of residents. 

According to the advisory issued by the National Weather Service, a flash flood watch means that conditions may develop that lead to flash flooding. 

"Flash flooding is a very dangerous situation," says the advisory, which was issued Sunday afternoon. 

"You should monitor later forecasts and be prepared to take action should a flash flood warning be issued. 

The watch is in effect for the following cities in West Virginia:

  • Flatwoods
  • Kenova
  • Ceredo
  • Wayne
  • Huntington
  • Point Pleasant
  • New Haven
  • Ravenswood
  • Ripley
  • Harts
  • Alum Creek
  • Hamlin
  • Teays Valley
  • Hurricane
  • Charleston
  • South Charleston
  • Saint Albans
  • Spencer
  • Elizabeth
  • Grantsville
  • Williamson
  • Logan
  • Chapmanville
  • Man
  • Madison
  • Clay
  • Sutton
  • Gassaway
  • Burnsville
  • Glenville
  • Mullens
  • Oceana
  • Pineville
  • Beckley
  • Oak Hill
  • Fayetteville
  • Summersville
  • Richwood
  • Craigsville
  • Webster Springs
  • Marlinton

A native of Washington, West Virginia, Dave Mistich joined West Virginia Public Broadcasting in October of 2012, as the Charleston Reporter. After bouncing around a variety of newsroom roles at WVPB, he now focuses on state-level politics and government, as well as breaking news. Dave plays on the world's best-worst softball team, Chico's Bail Bonds. He can be reached via email at dmistich@wvpublic.org and you can follow him on Twitter @davemistich.

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