West Virginia’s “Killing Waters” Of 1985


By Paul Homewood

h/t Botanyjrg

Tonight marks the 30th anniversary of what was arguably the worst flooding to hit West Virginia in the last century or more.

The West Virginia Encyclopedia has this account:

Flood of 1985


During the last week of October 1985, weak winds over the United States, south of 40 degrees latitude, allowed a late-season tropical storm named Juan to meander along the Gulf of Mexico coast. On Thursday, October 31, the weakening Juan moved north, leaving abundant moisture over the Southeast.

On Sunday, November 3, another storm formed in southeastern Georgia. This new storm was now in position to tap the moisture left in the atmosphere by Juan. Occasional rain fell over West Virginia on November 3. By the predawn on Monday, November 4, a large area of rain began to form from western North Carolina north to southern West Virginia. This rain continued to strengthen…

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