(04/01/2005)
Flood Watch in effect from this evening to Saturday afternoon.

The National Weather Service in Charleston has issued a Flood Watch effective until noon EST Saturday. The watch includes the following areas in West Virginia

Cabell, Calhoun, Jackson, Lincoln, Mason, Pleasants, Pocahontas, Putnam, Randolph, Ritchie, Roane, Tyler, Wayne, Wirt and Wood Counties.

A low pressure system will move across Kentucky... West Virginia and eastern Ohio tonight through Saturday. This system is capable to produce moderate to heavy rain along its path through late Saturday.

Rainfall amounts from 8 p.m. tonight through 12 p.m. Saturday afternoon are forecast between 1.5 to 2 inches with locally higher amounts with the stronger showers. The aforementioned rainfall amounts combined with nearly saturated terrain courtesy of last Monday rains lead to the potential for high waters.

Rivers are running high due to previous rain and additional rainfall will result in river levels to reach three quarter to near bank-full.

A Flood Watch means that flooding is possible in or near the watch area ... but is not imminent. If flooding is observed ... act quickly. Move to higher ground to escape flood waters. Do not stay in areas subject to flooding when water begins rising.

Stay tuned to NOAA Weather Radio ... commercial media or your cable television provider for later statements and possible warnings.


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