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UPDATE: Heavy rains and flooding issues are closing schools

UPDATE: McDowell Co. W.V. Office of Emergency Services has issued a local state of emergency at 9:45

UPDATE: Wythe County Schools are releasing students at 10:30 a.m.

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) - West Virginia Gov. Jim Justice has told state agencies to prepare for potential flooding ahead of an expected dousing of heavy rainfall.

The Republican on Wednesday said officials with the state's homeland security and emergency management department will be tracking rainfall amounts and high-water activity through Friday.

Thirteen counties are currently under flood watches.

West Virginia National Guard leadership will also be prepared to help local officials in the case of flooding.

Some schools are closing early due to the threat.

McDowell County Schools are being released now.

Tazewell County Schools in Virginia are closed due to flooding.

Wyoming County High Schools will be releasing students at 11 am.

All Wyoming County Elementary and Middle School’s will be released at noon.

Stay with WVVA for updates.

Bailey Pace

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