Tornado watch canceled; flood warning still in effect

Published 2:30 pm Monday, June 10, 2013

UPDATED Monday 9:45 p.m.

The tornado watch and flash flood watch have been canceled early after severe weather moved out of the area.

A flood warning on the Blackwater River remains in effect and has been extended through Saturday morning. At 8:45 p.m. Monday the river was at 11.4 feet. The flood stage is 10.8 feet.

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The river is now expected to rise to 13.4 feet by Tuesday evening.

People should not go near the riverbanks and should take action immediately if rising water threatens safety, according to the National Weather Service.

UPDATED Monday 9:15 p.m.

A handful of roads in the city are affected by high water conditions:

  • The 100 block of West Liberty Spring Road has a portion of the roadway washed out.
  • The 300 block of West Liberty Spring Road has high water and is not passable.
  • The 500 block of County Street has high water but is passable.
  • The 4900 block of Holy Neck Road has high water but is passable.

UPDATED Monday 7:21 p.m.

The tornado warning has expired with no incidents reported, according to a city spokeswoman. A tornado watch, flash flood watch and flood warning remain in effect.

UPDATED Monday 6:46 p.m.

The tornado warning has been extended to 7:15 p.m.

UPDATED Monday 6:27 p.m.

The National Weather Service has issued a tornado warning for Suffolk.

Doppler radar indicates a tornado located near Sunbury, N.C., and moving northeast at 30 miles per hour, according to the warning. The area covered by the warning is the southeastern corner of the city, mostly located in the Great Dismal Swamp.

The warning is set to expire at 6:45 p.m.

Folks in the area should take cover, moving to an interior room on the lowest floor of a sturdy building while avoiding windows. If in a mobile home, a vehicle or outdoors, move to the closest substantial shelter.

The storm also could bring penny-size hail and damaging winds up to 60 miles per hour, the weather service said.

Earlier:

The National Weather Service has issued a tornado watch for Suffolk and the surrounding area until 10 p.m.

A flash flood watch also have been issued because of precipitation amounts that could rise up to three inches in some areas.

Further, a flood warning for the Blackwater River above Franklin has been issued. It will last until Friday evening, or until the warning is canceled. At 2:45 p.m. Monday the river was at 10.6 feet, and flood stage is 10.8 feet.

The river is expected to rise near 11.2 feet by Wednesday morning and fall below flood stage early Friday afternoon.

For more information on weather watches and warnings, return to www.suffolknewsherald.com throughout the day.