Update: Severe Storm Dumps Heavy Rain on Clarke

A fast moving storm with moderate lightning raced across Clarke County, Virginia early Saturday evening. The storm unofficially dropped three-quarters of an inch of rain on the eastern end of the county near Mount Weather.

 

The strong thunderstorm brought the unofficial 7:30 p.m. rainfall total to 2.7” since dawn.

 

The National Weather Service in Sterling, Virginia has issued a flood warning for western Loudoun County in northern Virginia until 10:00 pm EST.

 

While Clarke County was not included in the flood watch as of 7:15 pm, today’s heavy rain combined with saturated soils and already-high river and stream levels from rain earlier in the week could result in unexpected high water in flood prone areas of the county. The Shenandoah River was already near flood stage as of Friday afternoon.

 

Motorists are advised to never drive a vehicle into areas where the water covers the roadway. Water depths can be deceiving and may be too great to allow the car to cross safely. Residents living near rivers or streams are advised to keep a close watch on water levels over the next 12 hours and move to higher ground if conditions appear threatening.

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* AT 6:34 PM EDT…NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE DOPPLER RADAR INDICATED A SEVERE THUNDERSTORM CAPABLE OF PRODUCING HAIL UP TO THE SIZE OF QUARTERS AND DAMAGING WINDS IN EXCESS OF 60 MPH. THIS STORM WAS LOCATED NEAR FRONT ROYAL…AND MOVING NORTHEAST AT 45 MPH.

 

* LOCATIONS IMPACTED INCLUDE…

DELAPLANE…

BERRYVILLE…

ST. LOUIS…

BLUEMONT…

ROUND HILL…

PURCELLVILLE…

NEERSVILLE…

 

PRECAUTIONARY/PREPAREDNESS ACTIONS…

 

THIS IS A DANGEROUS STORM. IF YOU ARE IN ITS PATH… PREPARE IMMEDIATELY FOR DAMAGING WIND GUSTS…LARGE HAIL AND FREQUENT CLOUD TO GROUND LIGHTNING. MOVE INDOORS TO A STURDY BUILDING AND STAY AWAY FROM WINDOWS.


Comments

  1. What Kind of reporting is this? By 7:30 pm on 3-16. I had 3.8″ of rain in my rain gauge. The river was lapping at the edge of locks mill road. I know I drove down to see, less than two miles from my springsbury road home.