Governor Jim Justice declared a State of Emergency for all 55 counties in West Virginia this weekend. This is in response to heavy rainfall across the state since Friday morning. The threat of flooding will continue through Sunday.
Early this morning I declared a State of Emergency for all 55 counties, after heavy rain triggered flooding in multiple locations and was expected to continue throughout the weekend. Our @guard_wv, and the Emergency Operations Center at @WVDHSEM are on standby to help. #wvgov pic.twitter.com/7haEaeYXyh
— Governor Jim Justice (@WVGovernor) February 17, 2018
The WV State Emergency Operations Center (EOC) is on “enhanced watch status” according to the office of the governor. This means that officials will continue to monitor the situation and will be ready to respond to any additional reports of flooding. According to the office, the West Virginia National Guard has been notified and is standing by to assist any agencies as needed.
Pictures via social media showed the high water in West Virginia Friday. The picture below was taken from Spencer, WV in Roane County from Twitter user @EliCaldwell
On Saturday people in Pittsburgh, PA were watching the Ohio River very closely as it rose to minor flood stage, peaking at 25.61 feet. It is forecast to return below flood stage Saturday night or Sunday morning. The following pictures are courtesy and credit Twitter user @davedicello
Rain and a few snow showers will continue on Saturday. The heaviest rain should finish by 10 p.m. est Saturday while snow showers linger in the mountains until Sunday morning. The weather pattern will become very warm and possibly wet again this week.
For WeatherNation, Meteorologist Steve Glazier