National Weather Service issues flash flood watch

Published 5:04 pm Wednesday, July 25, 2018


The National Weather Service’s Wakefield Station has issued a flash flood watch for the city of Franklin, Southampton County and Isle of Wight County. The watch began at 11:48 a.m. on Wednesday and remains in effect until 8 p.m.

Recent rainfall has saturated the soil across portions of central and southeast Virginia. The heaviest rainfall since Monday has fallen across southeast Virginia and areas around the Chesapeake Bay. Occasional showers will continue into Wednesday evening across portions of Central Virginia to the Bay. The greatest threat for additional flooding will be east of Interstate 95 across the Tidewater and Peninsulas to the Bay.

Flash flooding can develop quickly in urban and low-lying areas prone to flooding. A Flash Flood Watch means that conditions may develop that lead to flash flooding.

The NWS states that flash flooding is a very dangerous situation and advises people to monitor later forecasts and to be prepared to take action should flash flood warnings be issued.