For the most part, the rain that fell in and around Floyd County last night was the storm that wasn’t or the one that went elsewhere.
The light rain that did fall was not the pounding deluge that laid waste to the area Tuesday and while harder periods may his some of the area, it appears the storms were more threats than reality. The area missed “the perfect storm” or anything close to it.
Writes Kevin Myatt, the weather guru at The Roanoke Times:
The Roanoke area has caught a number of atmospheric breaks today at staving off a flood, the latest being that dry air aloft has helped erode a band of heavier rain that had been moving west and northwest.
Myatt says the storm is a disaster for others to the South and West. A flash flood watch for our area remains in effect through early Sunday.
He concludes at an update issued at 11:45 p.m. Friday:
This is probably going to be a disaster for somebody, but by the hour, it looks more and more like it won’t be our disaster in the Roanoke and New River valleys. Still some potential for heavy rain and perhaps localized flooding, with a flash flood watch continuing into Sunday. Let’s ride it out and see if we can escape this very potent setup relatively unscathed, but be respectful that others within easy driving distance to the south may suffer quite a bit.
While the storm threat closed some activities scheduled for Friday night in Floyd and the streets were not packed with people, a moderate and enthusiastic crowd danced the night away at The Friday Night Jamboree and diners were found at Oddfellas Cantina, Dogtown Roadhouse and other spots.
While weather threats cancelled some events, like the annual Arts & Crafts Fair sponsored by the Women’s Club at the High School, other shows like the monthly Floyd Radio Show is still on for Saturday night at the Country Store. The Southern Gentlemen Band appears at Wildwood Farms Country Store as well. Both venues have music jams scheduled on Sunday.
A drive around the county Friday night found the roads wet but not drenched with no threat of flooding. Emergency workers, rescue personnel and sheriff’s deputies were in place if problems arose.
Saturday morning saw a light rain falling at 6:00 a.m. with a 100 percent chance of showers until 9:00 a.m., then dropping to 50 percent by 9 a.m. and ranging from 40 to 85 percent though most of the day.
Myatt, in a posting at 10:00 a.m. Saturday, said:
I said prepare for the worst and hope for the best a few days ago. I can’t think of how we in the Roanoke and New River valleys could have come out any better in this atmospheric setup.
Emergency workers says some flooding is still possible because of the drenched ground and high levels of streams and rivers but rain gusts once forecast to be at 35 miles per hour and up are not expected to stay in the teens, reducing chances for toppled trees and power outages.
It is a “keep our fingers crossed” type of weekend.