UPDATE 10:20 a.m.
As day breaks, it appears Pulaski County received the worst of Wednesday's storm with numerous homes in one section of the county suffering roof damage.
And now residents are being evacuated!
Pulaski County officials have declared a state of emergency.
Here's the Announcement:
Due to the high flood waters Pulaski County has declared a state of local emergency. Based on the
current and anticipated flooding in low lying areas, the county has issued a mandatory evacuation for the following communities: Parrott, Belspring, Hiwassee, Delton, and Allisonia. Those residents who are in danger of flooding by the New River should plan to evacuate immediately. A reverse 911 call has been issued to these communities to advise citizens and law enforcement and fire department personnel are also canvassing these neighborhoods.
Pulaski County is establishing a shelter at the Pulaski County High School which is now being staffed.
Roof Damage in Pulaski Photo: Melissa Shouse
Cars were spun around in a parking lot and a retaining wall knocked down by high winds near Radford where flooding was evident.
Downed trees throughout the listening area have produced isolated power outages. About 4,000 APCO customers were/are without power. For updates on the outages CLICK HERE.
VDOT reports that no major roads are closed this morning because of flooding following Wendesday's storm. However, some secondary roads in southwest Virginia are closed in the counties of Carroll, Floyd, Pulaski, and Montgomery. Schools are closed in those counties this morning.
A bridge in Amherst County on Boxwood Farm Road closed last night after heavy rain covered it with 4-5 inches of water.
Rain totals in the last 36 hours: Roanoke 2.65", Lynchburg .84", Blacksburg 3.15", and Danville 1.02" and that has created Flood Warnings for the James River at Holcomb Rock in Lynchburg and the Roanoke River in the 'noke.
Our area was spared the fury of Wednesday's 1,000-mile-long storm, but others were not. At least TWENTY Tornadoes Tore through six states in the Southeast leaving at least two people dead.
Adairsville, Georgia was devastated by a tornado that overturned cars, tore homes into rubble, and left at least one person dead. A television reporter captured the tornado in Adairsville.
Adairsville is about 60 miles northwest of Atlanta.
An F2 tornado has been confirmed in Mt. Juliet, Tennessee, where one man reportedly died Here's more on the Tennessee damage...
The weather today turns colder for our area with temps dropping into the lower 40s. Weather.com forecasts snow flurries or light snow showers in the area in early hours Friday. The high temperature Friday will be around 36.