Earth Watch Report  –  Flooding

RICHMOND, Va. (WTVR) – A Flash Flood Watch is in effect until Midnight for western Virginia. Local heavy downpours are expected out of thunderstorms that should impact this part of the state Monday afternoon and evening. The ground remains saturated in the Watch area after recent rounds of rain.

In this July 18, 2013, photo, a cabin is inundated with floodwaters after the Edisto River rose from its banks in Ravenel, S.C. (AP/The Post And Courier, Grace Beahm)

Today Flash Flood USA State of Virginia, Lynchburg Damage level Details

Flash Flood in USA on Monday, 22 July, 2013 at 02:54 (02:54 AM) UTC.

High winds knocked out power to some in our area Sunday, while other areas were flooded yet again in the Roanoke Valley. Storms have already developing into a cluster moving east into Southside Virginia with another in the NRV. Other storms have popped up at random Sunday afternoon. All of the storms are capable of torrential downpours and strong wind as they move through. In Botetourt County, ABC 13 Viewer Allison Whitlow took several pictures of high water and flash flooding in Daleville around 2 p.m. In fact, Appalachian Power reports 2,589 people without power from the storms. At ABC 13, our station continues to take several hard power hits, causing our broadcasting equipment to reset. If you have lost our signal, please be patient… it should return shortly. As we head into Sunday night, storms may continue for a few more hours before dying off with the loss of heat from the sun. Temperatures aren’t expected to be quite as hot as they were last week, but with plenty of moisture in the air, it will not take much heat to get mainly afternoon and evening storms going well into the week ahead. When we get into a stagnant, summer pattern, where the humidity and heat just sit around everyday, the “pop-up” storms can turn severe in a hurry. They use the heat from below and can drop hail and create damaging winds for only a few minutes before raining themselves out. We call these storms “pulse” storms, because of how quickly they flare up and then fade (much like a pulse).

Today Flash Flood USA State of South Carolina, Columbia Damage level Details

Flash Flood in USA on Monday, 22 July, 2013 at 02:56 (02:56 AM) UTC.

A heavy downpour Sunday evening brought rare flash flooding to parts of Columbia, including Earlewood and Forest Acres. Earlewood Park – including the NOMA Bark Park – flooded when several inches of rain fell within the span of 90 minutes in the city. The water reached halfway up the fence that circles the popular dog park. Flooding also was reported along North Main Street. At Smith branch near Earlewood Park, the USGS monitor recorded up to 15.12 feet at the height of the storm; the previous high mark was 11.9 feet. Smith Branch had topped 10 feet only 10 times ever, with a record of 11.91. It hit 15.12 feet tonight at North Main. A trained spotter report from Dentsville to the National Weather Service Columbia office recorded 3.48 inches of rain in two hours; in Lexington, 4.56 inches in the last few hours. Residents posted photos on social media of flood streets near Forest Acres. The Avenues in West Columbia also had flooded. The USGS monitor at Rocky Branch near Main and Whaley reported major flooding during the downpour, recording a high of 11.37 feet, making it the third highest level recorded; the record is 12.38 feet. Rocky Branch at Whaley and Main went from 2.14 feet to 11.46 feet between 7:30 and 8:30 p.m. The rain gauge at Pickens Street crested at 9.74 feet; flood stage is a little more than 7 feet. This was the fourth highest reading at that site.

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