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Flash flood watch, tornado watch, wind advisory remain in effect in region

A flash flood watch, tornado watch and wind advisory remain in effect for Prince Edward, Buckingham and Cumberland counties beginning Thursday and ending Friday.

The flash flood watch began 8 a.m. Thursday and is set to end Friday morning at 8 a.m.

“Heavy rain will spread into the region starting later this morning, continuing into tonight, and ending before daybreak Friday,” the advisory from the National Weather Service advising the flash flood watch cited. “Isolated thunderstorms will also be possible. Storm total rainfall of 3 to 6 inches is expected in the watch area.”

“This rainfall could produce flash flooding, particularly in areas of poor drainage and near creeks, streams, and ditches,” the advisory cited. “Street flooding is likely.”

A tornado watch for Buckingham, Prince Edward and Cumberland has been set until 9 p.m. Thursday.

Watches are issued when conditions are favorable for a specific hazardous weather event to occur, according to the NWS.

The NWS cited that a flash flood or tornado watch does not guarantee that those events will happen, but that they are possible.

A wind advisory is also in effect for the region beginning 6 p.m. Thursday until noon Friday.

Winds are expected to come east to southeast at 20 to 30 (miles per hour) mph late Thursday afternoon and early Thursday evening, becoming north to northwest 25 to 35 mph late Thursday night into early Friday morning. Wind gusts up to 50 mph are possible late Thursday and overnight.

In the event of power outages, contact Dominion Energy at 866-366-4357 or Southside Electric Cooperative at 1-866-878-5514.

In the event that assistance from area first responders is needed to remove fallen trees, fire-related or medical emergencies, contact the Prince Edward County Rescue Squad at (434) 392-6973, the Farmville Fire Department at (434) 392-6543, Randolph District Volunteer Fire Department in Cumberland at (434) 392-4671, Cumberland Volunteer Rescue Squad at (804) 492-5754, Cartersville Rescue Squad at (804) 375-3399, Dillwyn Fire Department at (434) 983-3484 and Buckingham County Volunteer Rescue Squad at (434) 983-3560.
Cumberland residents can sign up for emergency notifications from the county at
www.cumberlandcounty.virginia.gov/fire-ems.

The NWS advises residents to avoid approaching or driving through flooded areas.