WILLIAMSON – With additional heavy rainfall in the forecast, the National Weather Service (NWS) in Charleston has extended the flash flood watch for Mingo, Logan and surrounding areas.
The NWS reports that a weather system will bring an additional one to two inches of rain to the area. The report explains that heavy rain combined with already saturated soils will likely lead to flash flooding in some areas.
The NWS urges residents to take precautionary and preparedness actions if needed. According to the NWS, “A flash flood watch means that conditions may develop that lead to flash flooding. Flash flooding is a very dangerous situation. You should monitor later forecasts and be prepared to take action should flash flood warnings be issued.”
Heavy rains and storms throughout the weekend lead to flash flooding and power outages throughout Mingo County on Sunday.
Public reports to the National Weather Service from Sunday included several reports of damaging hail near Williamson and reports of flash flooding along Jennies Creek and Marrowbone Creek near Kermit. Also neighboring Martin County, Ky. and Logan County, W.Va. were hit with some flash flooding. (See photos inside)
A huge rock slide at Chattaroy took out both of the main lines of the Norfolk Southern railroad tracks. Crews were working Monday to clear the boulders and debris in an effort to get the trains moving again. (See photos inside)
According to an Appalachian Power (AEP) outage map, 104 customers were without electricity on Monday morning. In Logan County, 135 customers were without power. Nearby McDowell County experienced significant power outages with 923 customers without power. On Monday morning, a total of 1,851 customers throughout W.Va. were experiences outages.
To report an outage or view an outage map visit www.appalachianpower.com
The Mingo County Emergency Management provided updates on Facebook throughout the weekend. Emergency Management posted information warning residents of the flash flood watch as well as made residents aware of areas that were impassible.
According to a weekly projected forecast from NWS, rain and thunderstorms will continue until Thursday.
To view the most recent information released from NWS visit www.weather.gov.