CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — Forecasters are warning that short bursts of heavy rain starting Wednesday evening could cause already high creeks and streams to overflow and lead to additional flooding in West Virginia.

The National Weather Service has issued a flash flood watch for most of the state starting at 4 p.m. Wednesday through Thursday morning. All schools in McDowell County were closed Wednesday and other counties moved to end classes early, according to education officials.

Gov. Jim Justice issued a state of preparedness on Wednesday, which he said allows resources to be mobilized in the event of flooding or other storm-related problems. Earlier this week, he told emergency officials to be ready for more flooding, saying they are monitoring water levels and will be on standby if local governments need assistance.

Justice last week declared a state of emergency in seven counties and mobilized the state's National Guard as a storm system moved through the region. Multiple school systems closed early as hard rains caused downed trees, rock slides and flooded streets.

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