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Charleston storm drains can’t handle 2 inches of rain in short period of time

CHARLESTON, W.Va. — More than 2 inches of rain fell on downtown Charleston in less than a half hour Friday evening causing street flooding included flooded parking lots and underpasses.

According to meteorologists there were more than 800 strikes of lightening in less than 15 minutes during the height of the storm.

It began raining at about 4 p.m. as many were getting off work to begin their weekend.

The rain was too much for city storm drains to handle.

The storm was isolated to the downtown area and parts of the East End. Charleston’s West Side was on the edge of the system and missed most of the heavy downpour as the storm moved northeast toward northern Kanawha County and Roane County.

Heavy rains were also reported Friday evening in Braxton, Webster and Randolph counties.

The National Weather Service said that’s the kind of weekend it’s going to be with a stalled out cold front over West Virginia. Several hours are expected again Saturday morning and then again Saturday morning and evening with the possibility of a repeat on Sunday.

Most of the state is under a flood watch until Sunday at 10 p.m.

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