Rain got heavier heading east

Downpour ‘kind of blossomed’ in place
Austin Tuttiardo, a Strasburg volunteer firefighter and member of the swift water rescue team, checks this truck at Chapman's Landing south of Woodstock on Monday morning. Nobody was in the truck. Rich Cooley/Daily
Emily Lansberry, 19, of Woodstock walks away from the floodwaters on East Spring Street in Woodstock on Monday morning. Rich Cooley/Daily
Beverly Griffin taps in a number on her phone as she stands on the front porch of her apartment on South Main Street in Woodstock on Monday morning. Floodwaters bounce off the front of the Springhouse Tavern and shut down this section of Main Street several hours. Rich Cooley/Daily

A rain of carwash intensity that swamped homes, roads, bridges and businesses in Shenandoah County Monday morning began as a minor shower in eastern West Virginia that gained energy as it moved eastward, a National Weather Service meteorologist in Sterling said.

“It almost kind of blossomed in place,” Andrew Snyder said of the downpour.

The highest rainfall amount was 4.8 inches reported by a spotter several miles northwest of Woodstock. Others reported 3.1 inches in Edinburg and 3.1 inches in Fort Valley.

The rain began moving into Shenandoah County at about 4 a.m. and was at its heaviest between 6 a.m. and 7 a.m. before ending about two hours later, Snyder said, adding that the weather service issued a flash flood warning for Shenandoah County at 5:35 a.m.

The weather service reported that the Shenandoah River below the Burnshire Dam was near flood stage at 9.1 feet. Flooding was also reported in Bentonville, Rileyville, Seven Fountains, Compton, Harmony, Kings Crossings, Saint David’s Church and Dilbeck.

More heavy rain remained a possibility. The weather service maintained a flash flood warning for Shenandoah County through 5:30 p.m. Snyder said there was a 50 percent chance of rain throughout the night. Showers were also in the forecast for Tuesday afternoon. Additional rainfall of a quarter to a half-inch was possible.

The forecast for Tuesday night calls for more showers and a possible thunderstorm before midnight and a 60 percent chance of precipitation. Some storms carry the threat of gusty winds and heavy rain. Skies are expected to be mostly cloudy with a low of 69 after midnight. Additional rainfall of a tenth to a quarter of an inch is possible with higher amounts possible from thunderstorms.

Contact staff writer Joe Beck at 540-465-5137 ext. 142, or jbeck@nvdaily.com

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