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Coal River (WV) at Tornado Stage (ft)Flow (kcfs)Observed: 10.83 ft at 8:30AM May 04, 2021Observed: 10.82 ft at 8:45AM May 04, 2021Observed: 10.82 ft at 9:00AM May 04, 2021Observed: 10.82 ft at 9:15AM May 04, 2021Observed: 10.83 ft at 9:30AM May 04, 2021Observed: 10.82 ft at 9:45AM May 04, 2021Observed: 10.82 ft at 10:00AM May 04, 2021Observed: 10.83 ft at 10:15AM May 04, 2021Observed: 10.82 ft at 10:30AM May 04, 2021Observed: 10.82 ft at 10:45AM May 04, 2021Observed: 10.81 ft at 11:00AM May 04, 2021Observed: 10.8 ft at 11:15AM May 04, 2021Observed: 10.81 ft at 11:30AM May 04, 2021Observed: 10.82 ft at 11:45AM May 04, 2021Observed: 10.81 ft at 12:00PM May 04, 2021Observed: 10.81 ft at 12:15PM May 04, 2021Observed: 10.81 ft at 12:30PM May 04, 2021Observed: 10.8 ft at 12:45PM May 04, 2021Observed: 10.81 ft at 1:00PM May 04, 2021Observed: 10.81 ft at 1:15PM May 04, 2021Observed: 10.81 ft at 1:30PM May 04, 2021Observed: 10.8 ft at 1:45PM May 04, 2021Observed: 10.81 ft at 2:00PM May 04, 2021Observed: 10.81 ft at 2:15PM May 04, 2021Observed: 10.79 ft at 2:30PM May 04, 2021Observed: 10.8 ft at 2:45PM May 04, 2021Observed: 10.8 ft at 3:00PM May 04, 2021Observed: 10.75 ft at 3:15PM May 04, 2021Observed: 10.8 ft at 3:30PM May 04, 2021Observed: 10.8 ft at 3:45PM May 04, 2021Observed: 10.8 ft at 4:00PM May 04, 2021Observed: 10.8 ft at 4:15PM May 04, 2021Observed: 10.78 ft at 4:30PM May 04, 2021Observed: 10.8 ft at 4:45PM May 04, 2021Observed: 10.79 ft at 5:00PM May 04, 2021Observed: 10.79 ft at 5:15PM May 04, 2021Observed: 10.79 ft at 5:30PM May 04, 2021Observed: 10.79 ft at 5:45PM May 04, 2021Observed: 10.79 ft at 6:00PM May 04, 2021Observed: 10.79 ft at 6:15PM May 04, 2021Observed: 10.79 ft at 6:30PM May 04, 2021Observed: 10.79 ft at 6:45PM May 04, 2021Observed: 10.78 ft at 7:00PM May 04, 2021Observed: 10.78 ft at 7:15PM May 04, 2021Observed: 10.78 ft at 7:30PM May 04, 2021Observed: 10.78 ft at 7:45PM May 04, 2021Observed: 10.78 ft at 8:00PM May 04, 2021Observed: 10.78 ft at 8:15PM May 04, 2021Observed: 10.78 ft at 8:30PM May 04, 2021Observed: 10.78 ft at 8:45PM May 04, 2021Observed: 10.77 ft at 9:00PM May 04, 2021Observed: 10.77 ft at 9:15PM May 04, 2021Observed: 10.77 ft at 9:30PM May 04, 2021Observed: 10.78 ft at 9:45PM May 04, 2021Observed: 10.77 ft at 10:00PM May 04, 2021Observed: 10.77 ft at 10:15PM May 04, 2021Observed: 10.77 ft at 10:30PM May 04, 2021Observed: 10.77 ft at 10:45PM May 04, 2021Observed: 10.77 ft at 11:00PM May 04, 2021Observed: 10.77 ft at 11:15PM May 04, 2021Observed: 10.76 ft at 11:30PM May 04, 2021Observed: 10.77 ft at 11:45PM May 04, 2021Observed: 10.77 ft at 12:00AM May 05, 2021Observed: 10.76 ft at 12:15AM May 05, 2021Observed: 10.76 ft at 12:30AM May 05, 2021Observed: 10.76 ft at 12:45AM May 05, 2021Observed: 10.76 ft at 1:00AM May 05, 2021Observed: 10.76 ft at 1:15AM May 05, 2021Observed: 10.76 ft at 1:30AM May 05, 2021Observed: 10.76 ft at 1:45AM May 05, 2021Observed: 10.77 ft at 2:00AM May 05, 2021Observed: 10.77 ft at 2:15AM May 05, 2021Observed: 10.77 ft at 2:30AM May 05, 2021Observed: 10.77 ft at 2:45AM May 05, 2021Observed: 10.76 ft at 3:00AM May 05, 2021Observed: 10.77 ft at 3:15AM May 05, 2021Observed: 10.77 ft at 3:30AM May 05, 2021Observed: 10.79 ft at 3:45AM May 05, 2021Observed: 10.79 ft at 4:00AM May 05, 2021Observed: 10.79 ft at 4:15AM May 05, 2021Observed: 10.79 ft at 4:30AM May 05, 2021Observed: 10.8 ft at 4:45AM May 05, 2021Observed: 10.81 ft at 5:00AM May 05, 2021Observed: 10.81 ft at 5:15AM May 05, 2021Observed: 10.82 ft at 5:30AM May 05, 2021Observed: 10.84 ft at 5:45AM May 05, 2021Observed: 10.85 ft at 6:00AM May 05, 2021Observed: 10.86 ft at 6:15AM May 05, 2021Observed: 10.86 ft at 6:30AM May 05, 2021Observed: 10.87 ft at 6:45AM May 05, 2021Observed: 10.87 ft at 7:00AM May 05, 2021Observed: 10.87 ft at 7:15AM May 05, 2021Observed: 10.88 ft at 7:30AM May 05, 2021Observed: 10.88 ft at 7:45AM May 05, 2021Observed: 10.87 ft at 8:00AM May 05, 2021Observed: 10.88 ft at 8:15AM May 05, 2021Observed: 10.88 ft at 8:30AM May 05, 2021Observed: 10.88 ft at 8:45AM May 05, 2021Observed: 10.88 ft at 9:00AM May 05, 2021Observed: 10.89 ft at 9:15AM May 05, 2021Observed: 10.88 ft at 9:30AM May 05, 2021Observed: 10.89 ft at 9:45AM May 05, 2021Observed: 10.89 ft at 10:00AM May 05, 2021Observed: 10.89 ft at 10:15AM May 05, 2021Observed: 10.89 ft at 10:30AM May 05, 2021Observed: 10.89 ft at 10:45AM May 05, 2021Observed: 10.89 ft at 11:00AM May 05, 2021Observed: 10.89 ft at 11:15AM May 05, 2021Observed: 10.89 ft at 11:30AM May 05, 2021Observed: 10.89 ft at 11:45AM May 05, 2021Observed: 10.89 ft at 12:00PM May 05, 2021Observed: 10.9 ft at 12:15PM May 05, 2021Observed: 10.89 ft at 12:30PM May 05, 2021Observed: 10.89 ft at 12:45PM May 05, 2021Observed: 10.9 ft at 1:00PM May 05, 2021Observed: 10.9 ft at 1:15PM May 05, 2021Observed: 10.9 ft at 1:30PM May 05, 2021Observed: 10.9 ft at 1:45PM May 05, 2021Observed: 10.9 ft at 2:00PM May 05, 2021Observed: 10.9 ft at 2:15PM May 05, 2021Observed: 10.9 ft at 2:30PM May 05, 2021Observed: 10.9 ft at 2:45PM May 05, 2021Observed: 10.9 ft at 3:00PM May 05, 2021Observed: 10.9 ft at 3:15PM May 05, 2021Observed: 10.9 ft at 3:30PM May 05, 2021Observed: 10.9 ft at 3:45PM May 05, 2021Observed: 10.9 ft at 4:00PM May 05, 2021Observed: 10.9 ft at 4:15PM May 05, 2021Observed: 10.91 ft at 4:30PM May 05, 2021Observed: 10.9 ft at 4:45PM May 05, 2021Observed: 10.91 ft at 5:00PM May 05, 2021Observed: 10.91 ft at 5:15PM May 05, 2021Observed: 10.91 ft at 5:30PM May 05, 2021Observed: 10.91 ft at 5:45PM May 05, 2021Observed: 10.91 ft at 6:00PM May 05, 2021Observed: 10.91 ft at 6:15PM May 05, 2021Observed: 10.91 ft at 6:30PM May 05, 2021Observed: 10.91 ft at 6:45PM May 05, 2021Observed: 10.91 ft at 7:00PM May 05, 2021Highest Observation: 10.92 ft at 7:15PM May 05, 2021Highest Observation: 10.92 ft at 7:30PM May 05, 2021Observed: 10.91 ft at 7:45PM May 05, 2021Highest Observation: 10.92 ft at 8:00PM May 05, 2021Highest Observation: 10.92 ft at 8:15PM May 05, 2021Observed: 10.91 ft at 8:30PM May 05, 2021Observed: 10.91 ft at 8:45PM May 05, 2021Observed: 10.91 ft at 9:00PM May 05, 2021Observed: 10.91 ft at 9:15PM May 05, 2021Observed: 10.91 ft at 9:30PM May 05, 2021Observed: 10.91 ft at 9:45PM May 05, 2021Observed: 10.91 ft at 10:00PM May 05, 2021Observed: 10.9 ft at 10:15PM May 05, 2021Observed: 10.9 ft at 10:30PM May 05, 2021Observed: 10.9 ft at 10:45PM May 05, 2021Observed: 10.9 ft at 11:00PM May 05, 2021Observed: 10.9 ft at 11:15PM May 05, 2021Observed: 10.9 ft at 11:30PM May 05, 2021Observed: 10.9 ft at 11:45PM May 05, 2021Observed: 10.9 ft at 12:00AM May 06, 2021Observed: 10.9 ft at 12:15AM May 06, 2021Observed: 10.89 ft at 12:30AM May 06, 2021Observed: 10.89 ft at 12:45AM May 06, 2021Observed: 10.89 ft at 1:00AM May 06, 2021Observed: 10.89 ft at 1:15AM May 06, 2021Observed: 10.89 ft at 1:30AM May 06, 2021Observed: 10.89 ft at 1:45AM May 06, 2021Observed: 10.89 ft at 2:00AM May 06, 2021Observed: 10.88 ft at 2:15AM May 06, 2021Observed: 10.88 ft at 2:30AM May 06, 2021Observed: 10.88 ft at 2:45AM May 06, 2021Observed: 10.87 ft at 3:00AM May 06, 2021Observed: 10.87 ft at 3:15AM May 06, 2021Observed: 10.87 ft at 3:30AM May 06, 2021Observed: 10.87 ft at 3:45AM May 06, 2021Observed: 10.86 ft at 4:00AM May 06, 2021Observed: 10.86 ft at 4:15AM May 06, 2021Observed: 10.86 ft at 4:30AM May 06, 2021Observed: 10.86 ft at 4:45AM May 06, 2021Observed: 10.85 ft at 5:00AM May 06, 2021Observed: 10.85 ft at 5:15AM May 06, 2021Observed: 10.85 ft at 5:30AM May 06, 2021Observed: 10.85 ft at 5:45AM May 06, 2021Observed: 10.85 ft at 6:00AM May 06, 2021Observed: 10.84 ft at 6:15AM May 06, 2021Observed: 10.84 ft at 6:30AM May 06, 2021Observed: 10.84 ft at 6:45AM May 06, 2021Observed: 10.84 ft at 7:00AM May 06, 2021Observed: 10.84 ft at 7:15AM May 06, 2021Observed: 10.83 ft at 7:30AM May 06, 2021Observed: 10.83 ft at 7:45AM May 06, 2021Observed: 10.83 ft at 8:00AM May 06, 2021Observed: 10.83 ft at 8:15AM May 06, 2021Observed: 10.83 ft at 8:30AM May 06, 2021Observed: 10.83 ft at 8:45AM May 06, 2021Observed: 10.84 ft at 9:00AM May 06, 2021Observed: 10.83 ft at 9:15AM May 06, 2021Observed: 10.83 ft at 9:30AM May 06, 2021Observed: 10.83 ft at 9:45AM May 06, 2021Observed: 10.83 ft at 10:00AM May 06, 2021Observed: 10.83 ft at 10:15AM May 06, 2021Observed: 10.82 ft at 10:30AM May 06, 2021Observed: 10.81 ft at 10:45AM May 06, 2021Observed: 10.83 ft at 11:00AM May 06, 2021Observed: 10.83 ft at 11:15AM May 06, 2021Observed: 10.83 ft at 11:30AM May 06, 2021Observed: 10.82 ft at 11:45AM May 06, 2021Observed: 10.83 ft at 12:00PM May 06, 2021Observed: 10.83 ft at 12:15PM May 06, 2021Observed: 10.82 ft at 12:30PM May 06, 2021Observed: 10.83 ft at 12:45PM May 06, 2021Observed: 10.82 ft at 1:00PM May 06, 2021Observed: 10.83 ft at 1:15PM May 06, 2021Observed: 10.82 ft at 1:30PM May 06, 2021Observed: 10.82 ft at 1:45PM May 06, 2021Observed: 10.83 ft at 2:00PM May 06, 2021Observed: 10.82 ft at 2:15PM May 06, 2021Observed: 10.82 ft at 2:30PM May 06, 2021Observed: 10.81 ft at 2:45PM May 06, 2021Observed: 10.81 ft at 3:00PM May 06, 2021Observed: 10.81 ft at 3:15PM May 06, 2021Observed: 10.81 ft at 3:30PM May 06, 2021Observed: 10.81 ft at 3:45PM May 06, 2021Observed: 10.81 ft at 4:00PM May 06, 2021Observed: 10.8 ft at 4:15PM May 06, 2021Observed: 10.8 ft at 4:30PM May 06, 2021Observed: 10.8 ft at 4:45PM May 06, 2021Observed: 10.81 ft at 5:00PM May 06, 2021Observed: 10.8 ft at 5:15PM May 06, 2021Observed: 10.81 ft at 5:30PM May 06, 2021Observed: 10.8 ft at 5:45PM May 06, 2021Observed: 10.8 ft at 6:00PM May 06, 2021Observed: 10.8 ft at 6:15PM May 06, 2021Observed: 10.8 ft at 6:30PM May 06, 2021Observed: 10.8 ft at 6:45PM May 06, 2021Observed: 10.79 ft at 7:00PM May 06, 2021Observed: 10.79 ft at 7:15PM May 06, 2021Observed: 10.8 ft at 7:30PM May 06, 2021Observed: 10.79 ft at 7:45PM May 06, 2021Observed: 10.79 ft at 8:00PM May 06, 2021Observed: 10.79 ft at 8:15PM May 06, 2021Observed: 10.79 ft at 8:30PM May 06, 2021Observed: 10.79 ft at 8:45PM May 06, 2021Observed: 10.78 ft at 9:00PM May 06, 2021Observed: 10.78 ft at 9:15PM May 06, 2021Observed: 10.78 ft at 9:30PM May 06, 2021Observed: 10.78 ft at 9:45PM May 06, 2021Observed: 10.78 ft at 10:00PM May 06, 2021Observed: 10.78 ft at 10:15PM May 06, 2021Observed: 10.77 ft at 10:30PM May 06, 2021Observed: 10.77 ft at 10:45PM May 06, 2021Observed: 10.77 ft at 11:00PM May 06, 2021Observed: 10.77 ft at 11:15PM May 06, 2021Observed: 10.77 ft at 11:30PM May 06, 2021Observed: 10.77 ft at 11:45PM May 06, 2021Observed: 10.77 ft at 12:00AM May 07, 2021Observed: 10.77 ft at 12:15AM May 07, 2021Observed: 10.77 ft at 12:30AM May 07, 2021Observed: 10.77 ft at 12:45AM May 07, 2021Observed: 10.77 ft at 1:00AM May 07, 2021Observed: 10.77 ft at 1:15AM May 07, 2021Observed: 10.76 ft at 1:30AM May 07, 2021Observed: 10.76 ft at 1:45AM May 07, 2021Observed: 10.76 ft at 2:00AM May 07, 2021Observed: 10.76 ft at 2:15AM May 07, 2021Observed: 10.76 ft at 2:30AM May 07, 2021Observed: 10.76 ft at 2:45AM May 07, 2021Observed: 10.76 ft at 3:00AM May 07, 2021Observed: 10.76 ft at 3:15AM May 07, 2021Observed: 10.76 ft at 3:30AM May 07, 2021Observed: 10.76 ft at 3:45AM May 07, 2021Observed: 10.77 ft at 4:00AM May 07, 2021Observed: 10.76 ft at 4:15AM May 07, 2021Observed: 10.76 ft at 4:30AM May 07, 2021Observed: 10.76 ft at 4:45AM May 07, 2021Observed: 10.75 ft at 5:00AM May 07, 2021Observed: 10.75 ft at 5:15AM May 07, 2021Observed: 10.76 ft at 5:30AM May 07, 2021Observed: 10.76 ft at 5:45AM May 07, 2021Observed: 10.76 ft at 6:00AM May 07, 2021Observed: 10.76 ft at 6:15AM May 07, 2021Observed: 10.76 ft at 6:30AM May 07, 2021Observed: 10.76 ft at 6:45AM May 07, 2021Observed: 10.76 ft at 7:00AM May 07, 2021Observed: 10.75 ft at 7:15AM May 07, 2021Highest Forecast: 10.8 ft 2:00PM May 07, 2021Forecast: 10.7 ft 8:00PM May 07, 2021Forecast: 10.7 ft 2:00AM May 08, 2021Forecast: 10.7 ft 8:00AM May 08, 2021Forecast: 10.7 ft 2:00PM May 08, 2021Forecast: 10.7 ft 8:00PM May 08, 2021Forecast: 10.7 ft 2:00AM May 09, 2021Forecast: 10.6 ft 8:00AM May 09, 2021Forecast: 10.6 ft 2:00PM May 09, 2021Forecast: 10.6 ft 8:00PM May 09, 2021Forecast: 10.5 ft 2:00AM May 10, 2021Forecast: 10.5 ft 8:00AM May 10, 2021Forecast: 10.5 ft 2:00PM May 10, 2021Forecast: 10.4 ft 8:00PM May 10, 2021Forecast: 10.4 ft 2:00AM May 11, 2021Forecast: 10.4 ft 8:00AM May 11, 2021USGS--Water Resources of the United StatesTORW2(plotting HGIRG) Graph Created (8:23AM May 7, 2021)ObservedForecast (issued 10:14AM May 6)Latest observed value: 10.75 ft at 7:15 AM EDT 7-May-2021. Flood Stage is 25 ft
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NOTE: Forecasts for the Coal River (WV) at Tornado are issued routinely year-round.
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Flood Categories (in feet)
Major Flood Stage: 32
Moderate Flood Stage: 27
Flood Stage: 25
Action Stage: 20
Low Stage (in feet): 0

Historic Crests
(1) 31.98 ft on 03/07/1967
(2) 30.89 ft on 12/31/1969
(3) 30.61 ft on 04/16/2007
(4) 30.14 ft on 03/13/1963
(5) 29.65 ft on 12/09/1978
(6) 29.57 ft on 01/26/1978
(7) 29.00 ft on 02/28/1962
(8) 28.98 ft on 11/20/2003
(9) 28.45 ft on 03/05/2015
(10) 27.87 ft on 04/05/1978
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(P): Preliminary values subject to further review.

Recent Crests
(1) 21.73 ft on 02/12/2020
(2) 22.38 ft on 12/22/2018
(3) 21.98 ft on 02/12/2018
(4) 20.53 ft on 05/01/2016
(5) 26.37 ft on 04/04/2015
(6) 28.45 ft on 03/05/2015
(7) 23.11 ft on 12/07/2013
(8) 19.83 ft on 01/31/2013
(9) 25.51 ft on 03/14/2010
(10) 30.61 ft on 04/16/2007
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(P): Preliminary values subject to further review.

Low Water Records
(1) 9.56 ft on 10/03/2019
(2) 9.80 ft on 09/05/1999
(3) 9.83 ft on 09/29/1963
(4) 9.95 ft on 10/22/1987
(5) 9.95 ft on 08/19/1988
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32 Major flooding all along the Coal River. Several homes and buildings are affected. Access to Meadowood Park and the area along the river in the park are flooded.
30 Water floods golf course and homes along low sections of river. Roads flooded and closed throughout Tornado and surrounding areas.
27 Coal River Road is flooded in several places along river. Smith Creek Road and Ferrell Roads are impassable.
25 Water begins to cover the state highway approximately 150 to 200 feet downstream from the Tornado bridge. Smith Creek Road and Ferrell Road become impassable from backwater approximately 1 to 2 miles from the bridge. Sections of Coal River Road upstream from Tornado bridge are flooded. The river banks overflow near the river gage.
20 Between 20 to 25 feet, backwater from the Coal backs up Smith Creek and water floods low spots on Smith Creek, Ferrell Roads and Coal River Road upstream from gage.
Photos
(1) The Tornado Wellhouse
(2) Upstream View
(3) Downstream View
(4) Areal View of Tornado
(5) Coal River Road at river levels between 25 to 29 feet.
(6) Smith Creek Road at river levels between 20 to 25 feet
(7) Ferrell Road at river levels between 20 to 25 feet.
(8) Strawberry Road at river levels between 20 to 25 feet.
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Latitude: 38.338889° N, Longitude: 81.841667° W, Horizontal Datum: NAD27

River Stage
Reference Frame
Gauge Height Flood Stage Uses
NWS stage 0 ft 25 ft Interpreting hydrographs and NWS watch, warnings, and forecasts, and inundation maps
Vertical Datum Elevation
(gauge height = 0)
Elevation
(gauge height = flood stage)
Elevation information source
NAVD88 569.77 594.77 Survey grade GPS equipment, FEMA flood plain maps, newer USGS topographic maps
NGVD 29 570.46 595.46 Older USGS topographic maps, NGVD29 benchmarks
MSL Not Available Not Available Older USGS topographic maps, MSL benchmarks
Other Not Available Not Available  

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