Flash Flood Watch in Effect Through Friday evening

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The Flash Flood Watch is now in effect for Portions of North Carolina, Virginia, and southeast West Virginia, including Bedford, Bland, Botetourt, Campbell, Carroll, Charlotte, Craig, Floyd, Franklin, Giles, Grayson, Halifax, Henry, Montgomery, Patrick, Pittsylvania, Pulaski, Roanoke and Wythe, and in southeast West Virginia, Mercer, Monroe and Summers.

* From Friday afternoon through Friday evening a weak cold front will drift southward into central and southern Virginia on Friday. This frontal system will combined with a broad upper low pressure system located across the eastern Tennessee Valley and a moist tropical air mass present across the region. Widespread showers and thunderstorms are expected to develop across the region early Friday afternoon and expand in areal coverage and intensity through the afternoon. The thunderstorms will be slow moving and efficient rain producers. Areas that see repeated thunderstorms or thunderstorms with very heavy rainfall could quickly experience flooding and/or flash flooding.

* Areas which receive excessive rainfall will be susceptible to flooding and/or flash flooding. Low-lying, poor drainage, and normally flood prone areas could become flooded. Roads in these type of areas could become flooded and impassable.

PRECAUTIONARY/PREPAREDNESS ACTIONS…

If you live in a flood or flash flood prone area, including poor drainage and low-lying areas, check prepardness requirements and be ready for quick action and to move to higher ground if flash flooding is observed or a flash flood warning is issued.