CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- The National Weather Service has issued a tornado watch for several West Virginia counties, including Kanawha, Putnam, Boone, Lincoln, Cabell and Fayette counties.
The watch is in effect until 9 p.m.
The National Weather Service is also predicting batches of showers and thunderstorms into this evening.
The weather service says the ground is wetter than normal. It advises that rainfall amounts greater than 1.5 inches would be necessary to to raise flood concerns.
Kanawha County Emergency Management issued this news release at 3 p.m.:
Kanawha County Emergency Management Officials are preparing for impending weather this afternoon. Currently, Kanawha County is under a Tornado Watch.
The National Weather Service is monitoring the situation and notifying Emergency Management of any changes. Kanawha County Emergency Management Director, Dale Petry, has placed all emergency personnel on stand-by for the potential weather situation.
If the tornado watch would turn to a warning, emergency sirens would sound throughout the county.
About 4:30 p.m., Kanawha County officials continue to monitor storm conditions in the area and some roads are experiencing slight flooding.