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UPDATE POSTED AT 10 P.M. THURSDAY: Here is the latest situation report:
ORIGINAL POST AT NOON THURSDAY
City of Danville departments are mobilized for Tropical Storm Michael, which is passing today to the southeast and will bring heavy rain at times and, later today, gusty winds.
According to the National Weather Service, Michael presents a number of threats to the area, including flash flooding, river flooding, debris flows, gusty winds of 30 mph that could result in localized power outages, and isolated tornadoes.
A flash flood watch and a tornado watch are in effect for Danville.
As of noon today, Michael was located in south central North Carolina and moving northeast. Michael is expected to stay well to the southeast of Danville, according to the National Weather Service office in Blacksburg.
However, Danville will receive four to six inches of rain through today. Rainfall will be heavy at times and could lead the National Weather Service to issue a flash flood warning later today.
On Friday, the rain will end and winds will diminish, but the Dan River in Danville is expected to reach near major flood stage. The National Weather Service has issued a river flood warning that is effective from 1:05 a.m. Friday to 11:56 p.m. Saturday.
The latest projection shows the Dan River cresting in Danville at 24.7 feet around noon Friday. The river level is currently at 7.77 feet. It reaches moderate flood stage at 20.5 feet and major flood stage at 25.5 feet.
The Public Works Department has set up water pumps on River Street to keep the street open, and it has loaded barricades on trucks to deploy if street closures are necessary.
To assist in preparations by residents in flood prone areas, the Public Works Department is providing sand for public use. The sand will be available at the following locations:
Sand bags are not being provided.
Later today and into the night, the area will receive wind gusts of 30 mph, which in conjunction with the saturated ground could produce localized power outages. Danville Utilities crews are on standby and prepared to work 16-hour shifts if necessary.
The Parks and Recreation Department anticipates it will be necessary to close Anglers Park later today due to flooding. Warning signs of likely flooding are in place at other areas of the Riverwalk Trail. Sections will be closed as needed.
Residents and visitors are urged to monitor weather developments and pay attention to the river flood warning that has been issued and any warnings if issued for flash flooding and tornadoes.
They also should know the Danville Utilities 24-hour emergency number – (434) 773-8300 – so that it is readily available if needed to report a power outage.
Danville residents and visitors can sign up for weather alerts by email and text at www.danvilleva.gov and should monitor media reports or the following web pages and social media feeds from the National Weather Service, National Hurricane Center, Storm Prediction Center and Weather Prediction Center: