Gambill suggests if you live in low-lying areas, keep a close watch on the streams and consider seeking higher ground before the potential flooding begins.
Livestock along streams and rivers should be moved to higher ground today, along with any items such as picnic tables and chairs stored along streams and rivers.
Please pass this message along to others and watch the YouTube NWS briefing for more details.
NWS Blacksburg Video Briefing for March 9, 2011
The National Weather Service continues to monitor the potential for heavy rains resulting in flooding late today, tonight and Thursday. Strong winds across Mercer, Tazewell and Smyth counties (Virginia) will be possible today with gust near 50 MPH possible. Also, thunderstorms are expected to develop in the Virginia Southside and NC Piedmont Thursday. A few of these may be severe. Behind this system, snow will be possible along the western slopes Thursday night and Friday with some accumulations possible.
Details about this event are provided in the latest YouTube briefing at:
*Special note: To keep this video under 10 minutes, the briefing abruptly ends.
Please note that it takes several minutes from the time that they post a YouTube video to the time that it can be viewed on the YouTube site. In addition, the initial YouTube posting is often quite fuzzy until all post-processing is complete (this can take an additional 30 minutes from the time that the video first becomes viewable).
The briefings that you are receiving from the NWS in Blacksburg are only made available as time permits, and will be removed from the YouTube site when information becomes outdated (usually within 12-24 hours from the time of posting).
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