CHARLESTON, W.Va. – Emergency officers in West Virginia are still waiting for the consequences of what was originally Hurricane Florence. The storm that landed as a Category 1 storm was lowered to a Tropical Storm on Friday night, and by the time it reaches West Virginia, it is expected that it will be classified as a Tropical Depression.
The storm continues to pack a severe rain shower that must be in one way or another in every province in West Virginia.
"We are looking at the possibility of flash nuisance, especially in the areas where we expect the higher rainfall amounts," said Meteorologist Dave Marsalek of the Charleston office of the National Weather Service. "But we're going to look at all the creeks, streams and rivers, and I think we can expect at least a pretty good increase in all of them."
The prediction for West Virginia requires about 2 to 4 inches of rainfall concentrated over the mountains of West Virginia and mainly on the eastern slopes and in the Eastern Panhandle. However, the rest of the Mountain State can also expect a considerable amount.
"The prediction holds steady, and we're still looking at the maximum potential of 2 to 4, which will generally run from South West Virginia and into the mountains," Marsalek explained. "That's especially on those eastern slopes."
The storm is now going faster and should not be left too long for West Virginia. Four straight days with fairly dry and sunny weather have allowed the swollen water of last weekend to deviate.
"Every time we can get a few days, those waters can bring down the flows and levels, which will be a good thing if we are ready for a significant rainmaker," Marsalek explained.
The early arrival of Florence will be late on Saturday night. Heavier rain will rise on Sunday morning and intensify during the day as it travels north. Monday the heaviest rain will fall and by Tuesday Marsalek expected the system to come from West Virginia.
The State Department of Homeland Security and Emergency Management along with the West Virginia National Guard remains in a state of readiness as the storm approaches.