BECKLEY, W.Va. — Cleanup efforts in areas ravaged by Thursday’s flood may come to a halt, as another wave of thunderstorms is expected throughout central and southern West Virginia today.
The National Weather Service has issued a flash flood watch in 21 counties, including Fayette, Greenbrier, Monroe, Nicholas, Raleigh, Summers and Wyoming. The watch is in effect from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. in most counties. In Greenbrier, Monroe and Summers counties, the watch remains until midnight.
“Greenbrier and Summers cannot take any more rainfall,” said Robert Beasley, a meteorologist with the NWS in Blacksburg, Va.
Beasley said an inch of accumulation is expected in those areas, which would not normally prompt the issuance of a watch. But because the ground in many West Virginia counties is so saturated, the watch is being issued as a precaution.
“We’re not anticipating a repeat of last Thursday,” Beasley said, but he did encourage residents to be cautious…