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Flash Flood Watch in Effect for Area
Posted on: 08/08/2013
By  Mike Cullums
 
A Flash Flood Watch has been issued for southeast Ohio and most of West Virginia, in effect until Saturday morning, according to the National Weather Service forecast office in Charleston.
 
Several rounds of showers and thunderstorms are possible from today through Friday night, any of which could contain heavy downpours.  
 
As of this morning, the NWS says most areas can handle 2 to 2.5 inches of rain without serious flash flooding. However, if repetitive or slow moving downpours favor a particular small stream basin, rain amounts of more than 2.5 inches could occur in a few hours, which could result in local flash flooding.  
 
By Friday afternoon and evening, some areas could be primed for a significant flash flood threat.
 
A Flash Flood Watch means that flooding of small streams and poor drainage areas could occur suddenly.  If you live near a flood prone stream, monitor water levels over the next 48 hours and be prepared to act quickly if flooding is observed or a warning is issued.  
 
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