The Register-Herald, Beckley, West Virginia

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June 11, 2013

Severe weather possible Wednesday evening

Rain and thunderstorms currently forming in Illinois, Indiana and Ohio could result in severe weather across the region beginning Wednesday evening.

As of approximately 1:30 p.m. Tuesday, the National Weather Service had not issued any weather warnings, but meteorologist Tim Axford said the southern West Virginia region has a “slight to moderate” risk of rain showers, thunderstorms and strong winds beginning at approximately sunset Wednesday.

Axford explained that it’s not unusual for storms and showers to develop this time of year and residents should be prepared for potential severe weather and power outages.

The storms forming in the Midwest will be moving between 20 and 30 miles per hour, but winds could reach 40 miles per hour or higher.

Axford added that rainfall is expected to be an inch or less, but there is the possibility of higher totals in localized areas. The NWS is watching the weather to see if flash flood warnings should be issued, but residents should also watch for rising streams.

The NWS in Blacksburg, Va. is cautioning residents of Summers and Greenbrier counties that strong winds could move through the area Wednesday; however, no watches or warnings have been issued.

— Carra Higgins

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