Lee Brings Heavy Rain, Flooding to Virginia

September 6, 2011

Heavy rain from the former Tropical Storm Lee rolled northeast into Appalachian states Tuesday, spreading the threat of flooding as far as New England after drenching the South, spawning tornadoes, sweeping several people away and knocking out power to thousands.

More rain was expected in parts of Tennessee that already saw precipitation records fall on Labor Day. Tornado watches covered much of North and South Carolina and parts of southwestern Virginia and flooding was forecast along the upper Potomac River and some of its tributaries in West Virginia and western Maryland.

Flood watches and warnings were in effect from northeast Alabama and Tennessee through West Virginia to upstate New York, already soaked by Irene. In Virginia, flood warnings have been issued for parts of the Commonwealth as remnants of Lee and a cold front move into the state.

Flood warnings are in effect until 9:30 p.m. Tuesday for urban areas and small streams in Roanoke, Rockbridge, Craig, Botetourt, Bedford, Bath, Amherst and Allegheny counties, along with the cities of Bedford, Buena Vista, Covington, Lynchburg, Roanoke and Salem.

Greene, Orange, Culpepr, Faquier and Madison counties are under a flood warning for small streams until 9:45 a.m. Tuesday.

The National Weather Service says 2 to 4 inches of rain fell in
the affected areas overnight. More rain is expected.

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