UPDATE: High Water Lingers After Tuesday's Downpours
UPDATE: 6:00 p.m.
Lynchburg, VA - Flooding has been reported in sections of the ABC 13 Viewing Area Tuesday Afternoon. Galax appears to be hardest hit so far.
After steady to heavy rain Tuesday, an area of heavy rain and thunderstorm activity is now starting to move east of our Southside communities this evening after dropping very heavy rains and forcing the National Weather Service to issue Flood Advisories for urban flooding.
All of the rain prompted the National Weather Service to issue a Flash Flood Watch for part of the ABC 13 Viewing Area Tuesday until 6 p.m., including the Lynchburg and Roanoke areas.
Tuesday's rain was a result of many factors, mainly a robust storm system moving through Virginia in combination with very high moisture in the air. Combined with an active jet stream nearby, rain that did fall, added up quickly in area rain guages.
On Sunday and Monday, spotty showers and thunderstorms dumped localized, but extreme amounts of rain. In Franklin County, nearly 1" of rain fell in just 30 minutes Sunday night.
Monday's scattered storms dropped another 2 to 3" of rain over isolated sections of the area, further saturating the ground and raising area streams and creeks where the rain fell.
It has been a very wet spring for most of the ABC 13 Viewing area.
In Lynchburg alone, it has rained 13 out of the 18 days so far this June. At the Lynchburg Regional Airport, rainfall for the month is running 3.08" above normal, and 6.83" above normal for the year. The amounts do not take into account the rainfall Tuesday, until measurements are made late in the day.
Remember, it only takes a foot or two of moving water over a roadway to float a car or SUV. Never try to drive your car across a flooded roadway. The water could be much higher than you think.
"The good news is the rain appears to be exiting the area to the east, with only lingering showers expected Tuesday night," said ABC 13 Chief Meteorologist Sean Sublette.
"The window for flash flooding to occur is relatively small because this system is a quick mover," ABC 13 Meteorologist Lyndsay Tapases added. "The rain will be moving out by Tuesday evening, and once we get past this evening, the rest of the week looks dry," Tapases said.
-ABC Meteorologist Jamey Singleton