The National Weather Service in Blacksburg has extended northward the Flash Flood watch. This now includes Roanoke and Salem, as well as Montgomery and Franklin Counties.
The possibility of 4-8 inches of rain through Monday, with 10 inches possible along the Blue Ridge.
Read the full release below.
Flash Flood Watch
National Weather Service Blacksburg VA1115 AM EDT Fri Sep 14 2018...
FLASH FLOODING THREAT FROM FLORENCE THIS WEEKEND INTO MONDAY....Hurricane Florence will slowly track inland this afternoon andinto South Carolina tonight into Saturday, before turning northwest across the southern Appalachians Sunday, and heading into the central Appalachians Monday. With soils saturated or becoming saturated, the threat of flash flooding is likely to develop later this weekend into Monday.
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1115 AM EDT Fri Sep 14 2018...FLASH FLOOD WATCH IN EFFECT FROM SATURDAY MORNING THROUGHMONDAY EVENING...The National Weather Service in Blacksburg has expanded the* Flash Flood Watch to include portions of south centralVirginia, southwest Virginia, and west central Virginia,including the following areas, in south central Virginia,Halifax, Henry, and Pittsylvania. In southwest Virginia,Montgomery, Pulaski, Smyth, and Wythe. In west centralVirginia, Franklin and Roanoke.* From Saturday morning through Monday evening.* Heavy rain from Florence will lead to flash flooding across thearea, especially by Saturday afternoon and evening into Monday.4 to 8 inches of rain are expected, with locally higher amounts of 10 inches or more possible along the Blue Ridge.
* Life-threatening flash flooding may develop as heavy rainbands occur this weekend into Monday. Streams and creeks mayrise quickly during heavy rain and flood.* As the excessive rainfall occurs across the headwaters of thelarger rivers, moderate to perhaps major flooding could occur especially along the New, Roanoke and Dan rivers Sunday nightinto early next week.* Rainfall of more than five inches in similar storms has beenassociated with an increased risk of landslides and rock slides.If you live in locations closer to the mountains andfoothills...especially near a stream...be ready to leave in advance of the storm or as quickly as possible should risingwater...moving earth...or rocks threaten. Consider postponing travel along mountain roads during the period of heavy rainfall.