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Post-Florence weather endangers

Though the majority of the Heart of Virginia was spared the brunt of Florence, now a post-tropical cyclone, at the end of last week, the weather struck with a vengeance Monday, dumping several inches of rainfall, bringing severe thunderstorm and flooding advisories, downing trees, prompting tornado advisories and flooding ditches, roads and rivers.

The Farmville area was under a tornado warning Monday afternoon before it was lifted at approximately 3 p.m.

Cumberland County was among several counties that were under a tornado warning until 10 p.m. Monday.

Periods of showers and possible thunderstorms are forecast for Tuesday, wind gusts are forecast to be below what took place Monday.

WFLO reported that as of Tuesday morning, 3.78 inches of rain had fallen in the Farmville area.

The Appomattox River, according to findings from the National Weather Service’s (NWS) Advanced Hydrologic Prediction Service and the Virginia Department of Environmental Quality, is categorized as a near-flood stage measuring 14.8 feet as of 6 a.m. Tuesday and estimating to rise to a high of 15.4 feet.

Flood stage for the Appomattox River is categorized at 16 feet.

Buffalo Creek in Prince Edward measured 7.3 feet Tuesday, and is not categorized as a flood area.

The James River in Cartersville is currently under a flood warning. The river runs through Cumberland, Goochland and Powhatan.

The James River in Scottsville measured 17.39 feet as of 5:30 a.m. Monday, categorized as a near-flood stage.

“The river is expected to rise above flood stage by this morning and continue to rise to near 22.2 feet by (Tuesday) afternoon,” the flood warning cited. “The river will fall below flood stage by tonight.”

The James River flood stage is categorized at 20 feet.

The river level is comparable to a previous crest of 22.1 feet on April 2, 1948, the flood warning cited.

A table from the Virginia Department of Transportation cites that several roads in Prince Edward, Cumberland and Buckingham are currently closed due to flooding and downed trees. These roads include segments of Route 643, New Bethel Road; Route 619, Worsham Road and Route 665, Lockett Road in Prince Edward; segments of Route 695, Lewis Road; Route 647, Brown Road and a downed tree on Route 652, Ca Ira Road in Cumberland; segments of Route 622, Sharon Church Road for a tree down and Route 602, Howardsville Road in Buckingham.

With all of the weather-related hardships, there is hope in sight. The weather is expected to clear with sunny skies reported for Wednesday.