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Outages reported off U.S. Route 360; flash flood warning in effect

More than 150 power outages have been reported in two separate areas off U.S Route 360, Patrick Henry Highway Monday afternoon as of 4 p.m., according to an outage map from Southside Electric Cooperative.

Charlotte County is currently under a flash flood warning that has been extended until 5 p.m. this afternoon, the National Weather Service (NWS) reported Monday.

An estimated 6 inches of rain has already fallen in the eastern part of the county, the NWS reported.

“Rainfall has caused ditches to overflow onto roadways, causing difficulty in travel in parts of the county,” said Superintendent of Charlotte County Schools Dr. Nancy Leonard. “Weather predictions indicate that the rain has a greater likelihood of subsiding over the next few hours.”

In light of this, she said students would remain in school for the rest of the school day.

Leonard said this would allow the water to subside.

“Currently, school is the safest place for the majority of our students,” said Leonard. “If as a parent, you feel the safest option for your child is to pick him or her up at school, please feel free to choose that option to best provide for the safety of your child and your family.”

She said all after school activities, including daycare, would be canceled for this afternoon.  

“When it is safe to do so, please send your reports of flooding, including mudslides or flooded roads, to the National Weather Service
by calling toll free at 1-866-215-4324,” the NWS cited.