NWS issues flood watch for multiple counties

CHARLESTON, W.Va. — The National Weather Service issued Monday a flood watch for multiple West Virginia counties in anticipation of possible showers and thunderstorms.

The flood watch will be in effect through 8 a.m. Tuesday for multiple counties, including Barbour, Boone, Braxton, Cabell, Calhoun, Clay, Doddridge, Fayette, Fayette, Gilmer, Harrison, Jackson, Kanawha, Lewis, Lincoln, Logan, Mason, McDowell, Mingo, Nicholas, Nicholas, Pleasants, Pocahontas, Putnam, Raleigh, Randolph, Randolph, Ritchie, Roane, Taylor, Tyler, Upshur, Wayne, Webster, Wirt, Wood and Wyoming.

Some hail and gusty winds may be possible in parts of Nicholas, Pocahontas and Webster counties following a tornado watch that expired Monday at 7:15 p.m.

The agency anticipates strong to severe thunderstorms as a cold front passes through the state, possibly resulting in excessive rainfall and flooding in low-lying areas.

The flood watch follows a week of rain and concerns in West Virginia, in which officials in the southern coalfields reported minor flooding. Flash flooding caused problems Monday morning in Mingo County; officials said massive runoff flooded streets in Williamson and surrounding areas.

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