Flash flood watch in effect for Albemarle/Charlottesville Thursday evening

hurricaneThe National Weather Service has issued a flash flood watch for Charlottesville and Albemarle County. There is a possibility for extreme instances of flash flooding late today through the night.

Area of particular concern for our region include the eastern slopes of the Blue Ridge and communities below. According to the NWS, the amount of rain will vary widely across the area, depending on where storms with heavy rains track.

For this reason, they cannot forecast exactly how severe rainfall may be, or pinpoint the exact areas likely to be most impacted. Several inches of rain are possible in any one location, though the expectation for the area is 1-2″. NWS emphasizes that the state of the atmosphere is such that more extreme flash flooding impacts are possible, such as what our region experienced May 30-31, 2018.

Mudslides, flooded roads, water rescues, and flash flooding thru stream-side communities/homes are possible.

Visit www.redcross.org/get-help/how-to-prepare-for-emergencies/types-of-emergencies/flood#About to learn more about how to prepare for potential floods and flash floods.

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