1 year after deadly floods, West Virginia wary of vast storm


Tropical Depression Cindy spread drenching rains across the upper South on Friday, prompting flash flood warnings from the MS valley to West Virginia as emergency planners urged those in its path to keep a wary eye on the large storm system.

West Virginia, Kentucky, and Tennessee and could all get 2 to 4 inches of rain, with isolated amounts up to 6 inches, National Weather Service officials said. Periods of showers and thunderstorms are expected tonight into Saturday.

In much of Upstate New York, which has had a very wet spring, it would take only 1 to 2 inches of rain in an hour to cause flash flooding.

Stay with Fauquier.com for updates. There's a 5 percent chance those storms will carrying damaging winds or hail, according to the Storm Prediction Center. Low-lying roads in many areas were being covered with water.

The Chambersburg area is expected to receive about 1.4 inches of rain.

The storms stretching for hundreds of miles (kilometers) are expected to push river levels higher in coming days as the remnants of a tropical storm cross Tennessee and Kentucky into West Virginia.

Debris covers State Highway 87 after Tropical Storm Cindy made landfall earlier Thursday, June 22, 2017 on the Bolivar Peninsula in Texas.

The West Virginia Division of Homeland Security and Emergency Management held briefings for emergency managers statewide Thursday, with another scheduled Friday morning, an official said.

Cindy was blamed for one death: Nolan McCabe, 10, of St. Louis, Missouri, was vacationing with family on the Alabama coast when he was hit by a log carried in on a big wave. Up to 10 inches of rain fell in spots along the Gulf Coast from southern Louisiana to the Florida panhandle Wednesday, according to an Associated Press report.

Forecaster Drew Montreuil, of Finger Lakes Weather, said there will likely "be numerous storms with locally torrential downpours".

Stacy Vondran, who owns the ladies' boutique Tinkled Pink on Oak Street, said she was rearranging merchandise and putting out sandbags Thursday in case of flooding.