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Flash Flood Watch for Watauga, Ashe, Wilkes – Friday Aug 28, 2020

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Including the cities of Wilkesboro, Sparta, Union, Pulaski, Hinton,
Independence, Hix, Duo, Tazewell, Floyd, Bluefield, Flat Top,
Rainelle, Wytheville, Whitetop, Volney, Alderson, Pearisburg,
Blacksburg, West Jefferson, Quinwood, Radford, Boone, Lewisburg, New
Castle, Galax, Marion, Bland, White Sulphur Springs, and Troutdale
213 PM EDT Fri Aug 28 2020

…FLASH FLOOD WATCH IN EFFECT UNTIL MIDNIGHT EDT TONIGHT…

The National Weather Service in Blacksburg has issued a

  • Flash Flood Watch for portions of northwest North Carolina…
    southwest Virginia and southeast West Virginia, including the
    following areas, in northwest North Carolina, Alleghany NC, Ashe,
    Watauga and Wilkes. In southwest Virginia, Bland, Carroll, Craig,
    Floyd, Giles, Grayson, Montgomery, Pulaski, Smyth, Tazewell and
    Wythe. In southeast West Virginia, Eastern Greenbrier, Mercer,
    Monroe, Summers and Western Greenbrier.
  • Until Midnight EDT tonight
  • Thunderstorms with locally heavy rainfall will develop this
    afternoon into this evening. Rainfall rates may exceed 2 inches
    per hour at times, and this may create flash flooding.
  • Rapid rises of small streams and creeks may make roads impassable
    and impact nearby buildings. Poor drainage and low-lying areas may
    experience flooding.

PRECAUTIONARY/PREPAREDNESS ACTIONS…

Do not enter or cross flowing water or water of unknown depth.

Stay away or be swept away. River banks and culverts can become
unstable and unsafe.

A Flash Flood Watch means there is a potential for rapid onset
flooding based on current forecasts. Flash flooding is a very
dangerous situation and may impact areas that do not typically
flood. Please monitor the latest forecasts and be prepared to take
action quickly should Flash Flood Warnings be issued.

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