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Tri-State under flood warnings

Jul. 06, 2013 @ 11:19 PM

HUNTINGTON -- The flash flood warnings piled up Saturday evening in the Tri-State, where .75 inches of rain fell before 5 p.m., according to data from the National Weather Service.

The heavy rains caused localized flooding and was the catalyst in at least two car accidents on I-64 Saturday.

Twenty-four counties in West Virginia were under flash flood warnings, including Cabell, Lincoln, Logan, Mason and Wayne counties. Lawrence County in Ohio was one of six counties in that state facing warnings, and in Kentucky, Boyd, Carter, Greenup and Lawrence counties were under similar warnings from the National Weather Service, which were to remain in effect until Sunday evening.

Two car crashes were reported on I-64, both in the westbound lanes near the 81/2 mile marker, near the 5th Street Road exit.

Two people were transported to the hospital following the first accident at 5 p.m., according to Cabell County 911 dispatcher reports. A vehicle traveling in the lanes rolled over but landed upright in the median, parallel to the cable barrier, according to dispatcher reports.

Information regarding the severity of the victims' injuries wasn't available Saturday evening.

The second crash happened at about 8:30 p.m. when a white Honda traveling westbound struck the guardrail. No one was injured in that wreck, according to dispatcher reports.

Flooding was reported along several streets in Huntington, including 24th Street where a woman had to be rescued after driving into high water in the area, according to dispatcher reports.

The rain isn't expected to let up in the Tri-State until Thursday, July 11, according to predictions from meteorologists with the National Weather Service.

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