The Register-Herald, Beckley, West Virginia


March 2, 2012

Area under tornado, flood watches

Skies over Beckley are sunny and clear at 5 p.m., but according to the National Weather Service, that will change as the evening progresses.

The NWS has issued a tornado watch for this counties in our area: Fayette, Raleigh, Wyoming, Boone, Kanawha, McDowell, Nicholas until midnight.

A tornado watch advisory simply means the conditions are in place for a possible tornado to form,” acording to the weather service. A warning, however, means officials are fairly confident there is going to be, or there is already a tornado in the area.

If a warning is issued, take cover.

Flash flood watches are in effect for Greenbrier, Monroe, Summers and Mercer counties until 6 a.m. Saturday.

Rainfall up to 1 inch is expected with locally higher amounts approaching 2 inches in stronger storms. Small streams and creeks may rise rapidly in response to the rainfall.

A flash flood watch means that conditions may develop that lead to flash flooding. Flash flooding is a very dangerous situation and you should monitor later forecasts and be prepared to take action should flash flood warnings be issued.

A flash flood watch is issued when conditions are favorable for flash flooding in flood-prone areas where grounds are already saturated from recent rains.

A flash flood warning is issued when a flash flood is imminent or occurring in the warned area.

Stay tuned to your local weather on radio or television for changes as they happen.

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