National Weather Service issues flood watch

The remnants of Tropical Storm Ida will move toward southwest
Virginia and southern West Virginia by late Tuesday into early
Wednesday. This will bring widespread heavy rainfall Tuesday night
into Wednesday. The heavy rainfall will move to the northeast of the
area by Wednesday evening. The heaviest rainfall is expected to
occur along and west of a line from Hot Springs to Covington to
Blacksburg to Hillsville. Minor adjustments in the eventual track of
the remnants of Tropical Storm Ida could bring heavier rainfall to
areas further east and south resulting in additional counties being
added to the Flash Flood Watch.


The Flash Flood Watch continues for

* Portions of southwest Virginia and southeast West Virginia,
  including the following areas, in southwest Virginia, Bland,
  Carroll, Giles, Grayson, Pulaski, Smyth, Tazewell and Wythe. In
  southeast West Virginia, Eastern Greenbrier, Mercer, Monroe,
  Summers and Western Greenbrier.

* From Tuesday afternoon through Wednesday evening.

* Widespread heavy rain is expected first with the spiral bands of
  showers and scattered thunderstorms Tuesday afternoon and evening,
  then transition to a steadier moderate to occasionally heavy
  rainfall Tuesday night into Wednesday. Widespread rainfall amounts
  of 2 to 4 inches are expected with locally heavier amounts of 3-5
  inches possible where any spiral rain bands set up and persist
  over a particular area. Localized thunderstorms could also result
  in excessive rainfall in some locations.

* Widespread minor flooding is expected which will impact low-lying,
  poor drainage, and typically flood prone areas. Small creeks and
  streams will likely rise out of their banks and flood adjacent
  areas. Flash flooding will be possible in areas where heavier
  rainfall occurs. Landslides and mudslides will also be possible in
  areas of steep mountainous terrain. Some roads and highways could
  become impassable as a result of mudslides and/or stream and creek


A Flash Flood Watch means that conditions may develop that lead
to flash flooding. Flash flooding is a VERY DANGEROUS SITUATION.
Check preparedness requirements and be ready for quick action if
a Flash Flood Warning is issued or flash flooding is observed.
Seek higher ground immediately. Do not drive your vehicle into
areas where water covers the road. Remember...TURN AROUND...DON`T

You should monitor later forecasts and be prepared to take action
should Flash Flood Warnings be issued.

National Weather Service