Flood warnings, watches in effect for much of Southern West Virginia

Pictures from the Beaver Volunteer Fire Department show flooding on Violet Lane and Grandview Road in Beaver. (Beaver Volunteer Fire Department)

The National Weather Service in Charleston has issued a flood warning for several West Virginia counties that runs through 2 p.m. Sunday.

The warning was issued for Randolph, Pocahontas, Nicholas, Kanawha, Raleigh, Webster, Fayette, and Boone counties.

A flood warning means flooding is already happening or soon will. If you are out, take it slow, turn on your headlights and never drive through high water.

The National Weather Service has also issued a flash flood warning for northeastern Kanawha County that is in effect until 3:45 p.m.

A flood watch is also in effect for Barbour, Boone, Braxton, Cabell, Calhoun, Clay, Gilmer, Kanawha, Lewis, Lincoln, Logan, McDowell, Mingo, northwest Fayette, northwest Nicholas, northwest Pocahontas, northwest Raleigh, northwest Randolph, northwest Webster, Putnam, Roane, southeast Fayette, southeast Nicholas, southeast Pocahontas, southeast Raleigh, southeast Randolph, southeast Webster, Upshur, Wayne, and Wyoming counties until 7 p.m. Sunday.

A Flood Watch means there is a potential for flooding based on current forecasts.

Due to high water and mudslides, several West Virginia roads are closed.

Rain is expected to taper off throughout the afternoon Sunday, but streams and rivers will continue to rise into the nighttime hours.

Eyewitness News Meteorologist Doug Harlow said the rivers to watch are Kanawha, Guyandotte, Mud, Tug Fork, Big Sandy, Levisa Fork, Gauley and the New. You can read more about what you can expect in his blog here.

For the latest weather updates, follow meteorologist Doug Harlow, Nick Patrick and Brandon Stover on Twitter and visit the Eyewitness Weather page.

If you see flooding in your area, send us videos and photos here if you can do so safely.

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