Water pouring off the hillsides slowed traffic on some stretches of U.S. 119 between Big Chimney and Elkview Thursday morning.
CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- Thunderstorms and heavy rains swept across Southern West Virginia on Thursday, sending some small streams out of their banks to block roads, cover gardens and prompt school officials in Lincoln and Wayne counties to send students home early.By 9 a.m. Thursday, 2.97 inches of rain had fallen on East Lynn in Wayne County over a 24-hour period, while 2 inches had fallen on Oak Hill and 1.5 inches or more had been recorded across much of the Southern Coalfields area, according to the National Weather Service.A small-stream flood advisory was in effect Thursday afternoon in Mercer, Greenbrier and Summers counties, after more than 2 inches of rain fell in the Greenbrier River Valley.In Logan County, Garrets Fork Road was closed by high water near its intersection with U.S. 119 Thursday afternoon. In Mercer County south of Princeton, W.Va. 112 west of its junction with Interstate 77 was ordered closed until the afternoon, also because of high water.
In Kanawha County, high water was reported on Interstate 64 just east of the Montrose exit in South Charleston, on MacCorkle Avenue near the Porter Road intersection in Charleston, and on W.Va. 114 south of Elkview, according to the West Virginia Department of Transportation.High water also was reported on portions of W.Va. 817 in Putnam County, on Harper Road in Raleigh County and on W.Va. 37 between Echo and Fort Gay.Skies were expected to clear overnight in the Kanawha Valley, where sunshine and highs in the mid-60s were expected to prevail Friday, according to the National Weather Service.The Federal Emergency Management Agency cancelled a Thursday night town-hall meeting in Mingo County because of severe weather. FEMA officials plan to reschedule the meeting.