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Flash Flood Threat Persists; Severe Weather Possible Wednesday
Posted on: 07/09/2013
By  Mike Cullums
A Flash Flood Watch was still in effect for the entire area through late Wednesday night. Stay tuned to AM 1490 WMOA for updates.
Evacuations took place this morning at Crooksville in Perry County. Numerous state highways were also underwater in that area, 50-60 miles northwest of Marietta. 
One road in Morgan County was underwater from flash flooding -- Buck Run Road (County Road 16), southwest of Malta was reported by a weather spotter as being underwater.
As of mid-morning, the only problems being reported locally were minor high water issues in low-lying locations.
The National Weather Service expects rainfall to diminish by late morning, with widely scattered showers through the middle of the day and a thunderstorm possible later in the afternoon.  
Tomorrow and tomorrow night could bring two types of threatening weather to the area.
The Storm Prediction Center has placed Ohio and northwestern West Virginia under a slight risk for severe weather Wednesday afternoon and evening plus forecasters in Charleston are quite concerned that heavy storms then could easily cause flash flooding. 
The Weather Service says that if enough heavy rain falls over a large area between now and Thursday morning, headwater rivers could rise to near flood stage.
The Ohio EMA says they are monitoring the situation, and remind people to stay alert for the potential for high water.
However, there is light at the end of this very wet tunnel. A cold front will cross the Ohio Valley Wednesday night or Thursday morning, with much drier, fresher air filtering in behind it.
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