Storm Events Database

Event Details

Event Flash Flood
-- Flood Cause Heavy Rain
State VIRGINIA
County/Area BUCKINGHAM
WFO RNK
Report Source Newspaper
NCDC Data Source CSV
Begin Date 2012-03-24 20:00:00.0 EST-5
Begin Location 2W TOGA
Begin Lat/Lon 37.5/-78.65
End Date 2012-03-24 23:00:00.0 EST-5
End Location 2W TOGA
End Lat/Lon 37.5/-78.65
Deaths Direct/Indirect 1/0 (fatality details below, when available...)
Injuries Direct/Indirect 0/0
Property Damage 15.00K
Crop Damage 0.00K
Episode Narrative A closed upper level low crossed the Appalachians from the Tennessee Valley. Meanwhile, a dry slot formed ahead of this feature allowing for increased instability over the mountains and foothills and promoting the development of discrete supercell storms. The storms evolved into a quasi-linear convective system as they moved east across central and southside Virginia. The storms displayed considerable rotation on radar and over a half dozen tornado warnings were issued although no tornadoes were reported. The hail reports from this event were prolific with numerous reports of quarter to golfball size and some almost as big as baseballs. Other reports were of pea to marble size hail covering the ground to depths of 4 to 6 inches. Rainfall amounts of 1 to 3 inches were also common with local amounts of 3 to 5 inches causing flash flooding. There was flood fatality in Buckingham County where the driver tried to cross a low-water crossing at a flooded stream and the vehicle was carried downstream. The excessive runoff also resulted in minor river flooding along parts of the lower Roanoke and Dan Rivers. The USGS gauge on the Falling River near Naruna in Campbell County rose almost 10 feet in 6 hours, cresting at 14.42 feet (Flood Stage - 11') early on the 25th. 48-hour rain gauge totals ending 8 AM EDT on March 25th included 4.23 at Raven Rock Church IFLOWS (Patrick County), 4.13 at Ferrum IFLOWS (Franklin Co.), 3.95 at Slate Mtn, IFLOWS (Floyd Co.) and 3.51 at Doe Run Church IFLOWS (Patrick Co.).
Event Narrative Heavy rainfall of 2 to 4 inches in several hours caused several small streams to flood including Greasy Creek southwest of Buckingham. After the flooding receded, the County Sheriff's Office said deputies found a deceased 61-year-old woman inside a pickup truck several days after she was reported missing. The truck was found on its side and wedged against a tree, about 300 yards from a dirt driveway that crossed Grease Creek. The sheriff's office said a preliminary investigation indicated that flood waters disabled the truck and carried it downstream when the driver tried to drive across the flooded low-water crossing.


Event Fatality Details

Type Age Gender Fatality Location
Death 61 Female Vehicle/Towed Trailer


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All events for this episode:

Location County/Zone St. Date Time T.Z. Type Mag Dth Inj PrD CrD
Totals: 1 0 37.50K 0.00K
ADWOLF SMYTH CO. VA 03/24/2012 12:38 EST-5 Hail 1.00 in. 0 0 0.00K 0.00K
THOMAS BRIDGE SMYTH CO. VA 03/24/2012 12:38 EST-5 Hail 0.75 in. 0 0 0.00K 0.00K
RURAL RETREAT WYTHE CO. VA 03/24/2012 13:15 EST-5 Hail 1.50 in. 0 0 0.00K 0.00K
RURAL RETREAT WYTHE CO. VA 03/24/2012 13:15 EST-5 Hail 1.00 in. 0 0 0.00K 0.00K
CANA CARROLL CO. VA 03/24/2012 13:50 EST-5 Hail 1.00 in. 0 0 0.00K 0.00K
ARARAT PATRICK CO. VA 03/24/2012 14:14 EST-5 Hail 2.75 in. 0 0 0.50K 0.00K
WURNO PULASKI CO. VA 03/24/2012 14:15 EST-5 Hail 1.00 in. 0 0 0.00K 0.00K
STAFFORDSVILLE GILES CO. VA 03/24/2012 14:20 EST-5 Hail 0.75 in. 0 0 0.00K 0.00K
IVANHOE WYTHE CO. VA 03/24/2012 14:25 EST-5 Hail 0.88 in. 0 0 0.00K 0.00K
IVANHOE WYTHE CO. VA 03/24/2012 14:25 EST-5 Hail 0.88 in. 0 0 0.00K 0.00K
PROSPECTDALE GILES CO. VA 03/24/2012 14:30 EST-5 Hail 1.00 in. 0 0 0.00K 0.00K
MEADOWS OF DAN PATRICK CO. VA 03/24/2012 14:35 EST-5 Hail 1.00 in. 0 0 0.00K 0.00K
KLOTZ GILES CO. VA 03/24/2012 14:37 EST-5 Hail 1.00 in. 0 0 0.00K 0.00K
WOOLWINE PATRICK CO. VA 03/24/2012 14:56 EST-5 Hail 1.00 in. 0 0 0.00K 0.00K
UNION FLOYD CO. VA 03/24/2012 15:14 EST-5 Flash Flood 0 0 5.00K 0.00K
GLADESBORO CARROLL CO. VA 03/24/2012 15:20 EST-5 Hail 1.00 in. 0 0 0.00K 0.00K
CANA CARROLL CO. VA 03/24/2012 15:25 EST-5 Flash Flood 0 0 0.00K 0.00K
FERRUM FRANKLIN CO. VA 03/24/2012 15:34 EST-5 Hail 1.00 in. 0 0 0.00K 0.00K
ROCKY MT FRANKLIN CO. VA 03/24/2012 15:55 EST-5 Hail 1.00 in. 0 0 0.00K 0.00K
MONETA BEDFORD CO. VA 03/24/2012 16:00 EST-5 Hail 1.00 in. 0 0 0.00K 0.00K
UNION HALL FRANKLIN CO. VA 03/24/2012 16:25 EST-5 Hail 1.50 in. 0 0 0.00K 0.00K
DODSON PATRICK CO. VA 03/24/2012 16:30 EST-5 Hail 1.75 in. 0 0 0.00K 0.00K
HUDDLESTON BEDFORD CO. VA 03/24/2012 16:33 EST-5 Hail 1.00 in. 0 0 0.00K 0.00K
BASSETT HENRY CO. VA 03/24/2012 16:45 EST-5 Hail 1.75 in. 0 0 0.00K 0.00K
COLLINSVILLE HENRY CO. VA 03/24/2012 16:50 EST-5 Hail 2.50 in. 0 0 0.00K 0.00K
MARTINSVILLE MARTINSVILLE (C) CO. VA 03/24/2012 16:55 EST-5 Hail 1.75 in. 0 0 0.00K 0.00K
GLADE HILL FRANKLIN CO. VA 03/24/2012 16:57 EST-5 Hail 1.50 in. 0 0 0.00K 0.00K
FERRUM FRANKLIN CO. VA 03/24/2012 17:00 EST-5 Flash Flood 0 0 10.00K 0.00K
HENRY FRANKLIN CO. VA 03/24/2012 17:00 EST-5 Hail 1.00 in. 0 0 0.00K 0.00K
MARTINSVILLE MARTINSVILLE (C) CO. VA 03/24/2012 17:07 EST-5 Hail 2.50 in. 0 0 0.00K 0.00K
ELAMSVILLE PATRICK CO. VA 03/24/2012 17:15 EST-5 Hail 1.50 in. 0 0 0.00K 0.00K
EVINGTON CAMPBELL CO. VA 03/24/2012 17:15 EST-5 Hail 1.75 in. 0 0 0.75K 0.00K
ROCKY MT FRANKLIN CO. VA 03/24/2012 17:15 EST-5 Hail 1.00 in. 0 0 0.00K 0.00K
CARTERS MILLS PATRICK CO. VA 03/24/2012 17:16 EST-5 Flash Flood 0 0 0.00K 0.00K
CARTERS MILLS PATRICK CO. VA 03/24/2012 17:20 EST-5 Flash Flood 0 0 0.00K 0.00K
LAUREL FORK CARROLL CO. VA 03/24/2012 17:22 EST-5 Hail 1.00 in. 0 0 0.00K 0.00K
LAWYERS CAMPBELL CO. VA 03/24/2012 17:25 EST-5 Hail 1.00 in. 0 0 0.00K 0.00K
ARARAT PATRICK CO. VA 03/24/2012 17:30 EST-5 Flash Flood 0 0 0.00K 0.00K
SPENCER HENRY CO. VA 03/24/2012 17:35 EST-5 Hail 1.00 in. 0 0 0.00K 0.00K
SWANSONVILLE PITTSYLVANIA CO. VA 03/24/2012 17:40 EST-5 Hail 0.88 in. 0 0 0.00K 0.00K
CONCORD CAMPBELL CO. VA 03/24/2012 17:45 EST-5 Hail 1.50 in. 0 0 0.00K 0.00K
STONEWALL APPOMATTOX CO. VA 03/24/2012 17:52 EST-5 Hail 1.00 in. 0 0 0.00K 0.00K
CHATHAM PITTSYLVANIA CO. VA 03/24/2012 17:54 EST-5 Hail 1.00 in. 0 0 0.00K 0.00K
CONCORD CAMPBELL CO. VA 03/24/2012 17:54 EST-5 Hail 0.88 in. 0 0 0.00K 0.00K
DRY FORK PITTSYLVANIA CO. VA 03/24/2012 18:04 EST-5 Thunderstorm Wind 50 kts. EG 0 0 5.00K 0.00K
OAKVILLE APPOMATTOX CO. VA 03/24/2012 18:12 EST-5 Hail 1.00 in. 0 0 0.50K 0.00K
SPRING GARDEN PITTSYLVANIA CO. VA 03/24/2012 18:18 EST-5 Hail 1.75 in. 0 0 0.00K 0.00K
HENRY FORK FRANKLIN CO. VA 03/24/2012 18:45 EST-5 Flash Flood 0 0 0.00K 0.00K
APPOMATTOX APPOMATTOX CO. VA 03/24/2012 19:31 EST-5 Hail 1.00 in. 0 0 0.00K 0.00K
MADISONVILLE CHARLOTTE CO. VA 03/24/2012 19:45 EST-5 Thunderstorm Wind 55 kts. EG 0 0 0.75K 0.00K
CENTENARY BUCKINGHAM CO. VA 03/24/2012 20:00 EST-5 Hail 1.00 in. 0 0 0.00K 0.00K
TOGA BUCKINGHAM CO. VA 03/24/2012 20:00 EST-5 Flash Flood 1 0 15.00K 0.00K
CENTENARY BUCKINGHAM CO. VA 03/24/2012 20:23 EST-5 Hail 1.00 in. 0 0 0.00K 0.00K
OAKVILLE APPOMATTOX CO. VA 03/25/2012 20:00 EST-5 Flash Flood 0 0 0.00K 0.00K
Totals: 1 0 37.50K 0.00K