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BREAKING NEWS: Flash flood watch issued
Thursday, May 15, 2014
The National Weather Service has issued a flash flood watch for the Martinsville and Henry County area. It will remain in effect until 1:15 p.m. Friday.
Flash flooding is possible today and tonight, it reported. That may include flash flooding of small creeks, streams and urban areas. The larger river basins may go into flood by Friday.
Heavy rain is moving in ahead of a slow moving front. Showers and storms will continue throughout the afternoon with one hour rainfalls exceeding 1 to 1 1/2 inches, especially in thunderstorms, the report predicted.
In addition, the southerly flow into the mountains will enhance the rains, the report said. The front is expected to exit to the east by Friday morning.
Rainfall amounts are expected to average up to 3 inches.
Other areas under the flash flood watch are Pittsylvania, Halifax, Appomattox, Buckingham, Campbell and Charlotte counties in Virginia and Caswell, Rockingham and Stokes counties in North Carolina.
A flash flood watch means that conditions that lead to flash flooding may develop. “Flash flooding is a very dangerous condition,” the report states.
The National Weather Service encourages people to report flooding or rainfall amounts via email to firstname.lastname@example.org or by calling (866) 215-4324.