The rain falls light but steady at outside at our home in Floyd County, nothing like the rampage of Hurricane Florence as she pounds Myrtle Beach, SC, strands cities like New Bern, NC, leaves at least six dead and more than a million residents and businesses without power in North Carolina.
If Florence takes the predicted turn up the Appalachians, brushing the western rip of Virginia before heading into Kentucky, the light rains may turn more drenching in the Southwestern portion of the Old Dominion by Monday.
Nothing like the 40-50 record-shattering rainfalls in the Carolinas but enough to bring a flash flood watch to our area.
Writes Roanoke Times weather guru Kevin Myatt:
With that in mind, the National Weather Service in Blacksburg has already issued a flash flood watch for all of its North Carolina counties and its Virginia counties from Roanoke and Interstate 81 southward. This watch is for the localities most certain to experience potentially flooding rain as of Friday morning. Barring extraordinary changes in the forecast track of Florence, this watch will almost certainly be expanded northward later.
Notes the latest Flash Flood Watch for Floyd County and surrounding areas, updated at 8 a.m. Saturday:
…FLASH FLOOD WATCH REMAINS IN EFFECT FROM 8 AM EDT THIS MORNING THROUGH MONDAY EVENING… The Flash Flood Watch continues for * Portions of North Carolina and Virginia, including the following areas, in North Carolina, Alleghany NC, Ashe, Caswell, Rockingham, Stokes, Surry, Watauga, Wilkes, and Yadkin. In Virginia, Carroll, Floyd, Franklin, Grayson, Halifax, Henry, Montgomery, Patrick, Pittsylvania, Pulaski, Roanoke, Smyth, and Wythe. * From 8 AM EDT this morning through Monday evening * Heavy rain from Florence will lead to flash flooding across the area, especially by tonight into Monday. 4 to 8 inches of rain are expected, with locally higher amounts of 10 inches or more possible along the Blue Ridge. * Life-threatening flash flooding may develop as heavy rain bands occur this weekend into Monday. Streams and creeks may rise quickly during heavy rain and flood. * As the excessive rainfall occurs across the headwaters of the larger rivers, moderate to perhaps major flooding could occur especially along the New, Roanoke and Dan Rivers Sunday night into early next week. * Rainfall of more than five inches in similar storms has been associated with an increased risk of landslides and rock slides. If you live in locations closer to the mountains and foothills…especially near a stream…be ready to leave in advance of the storm or as quickly as possible should rising water…moving earth…or rocks threaten. Consider postponing travel along mountain roads during the period of heavy rainfall. PRECAUTIONARY/PREPAREDNESS ACTIONS… A Flash Flood Watch means that conditions may develop that lead to flash flooding. Flash flooding is a VERY DANGEROUS SITUATION. Remember…TURN AROUND…DON’T DROWN! You should monitor later forecasts and be prepared to take action should Flash Flood Warnings be issued.