A Day Of Heavy Rain, With Winds Coming

By: 
Darryl Woodson

8:30 p.m. - Nathan Ramsey, the county's emergency coordinator, just reported that the county's swift water rescue team was called to the Buffalo Bend area south of Lexington tonight for a car stranded in the water. By the time rescuers arrived, the occupant was out of the car. The rescuers did assist the occupant across the stream to the roadway. No one was injured.

8 p.m. - The tornado watch for the area has expired but a flood advisory remains in effect for the Rockbridge area through 10 p.m. Winds are expected to pick up during the night and average above 20 mph during the day Monday before backing down as night approaches.

6:45 p.m. Sunday, April 14 - After a day of heavy rain, which has brought some localized flooding, the Rockbridge area is now under a severe thunderstorm watch until 7:30 p.m. The National Weather Service says a severe storm was spotted in Roanoke County about 6:30 and it was headed northeast, packing winds of up to 60 mph.

The area has been under a tornado watch all afternoon, but that is set to expire at 8. Strong winds are now predicted throughout the region overnight.

Nathan Ramsey, the county's emergency coordinator, reports that local fire and rescue have been responding to several accidents on the interstates this afternoon. There's currently an active one on the 197 mile marker southbound on I-81 blocking one lane, and another at mile marker 50 on I-64 blocking one lane eastbound.

He also reports that a temporary bridge at Swink Lane and Bluegrass Trail has been washed out.

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