Flash Flood Watch for Rutherford County through Sunday morning

Jul. 05, 2013 @ 03:32 PM

From the National Weather Service:

FLASH FLOOD WATCH NOW IN EFFECT THROUGH SUNDAY MORNING...

THE FLASH FLOOD WATCH IS NOW IN EFFECT FOR

* PORTIONS OF NORTHEAST GEORGIA... NORTH CAROLINA AND UPSTATE SOUTH CAROLINA... INCLUDING THE FOLLOWING AREAS... IN NORTHEAST GEORGIA... ELBERT... FRANKLIN... HABERSHAM... HART... RABUN AND STEPHENS. IN NORTH CAROLINA... ALEXANDER... AVERY... BURKE MOUNTAINS... BUNCOMBE... CALDWELL MOUNTAINS... CATAWBA... CLEVELAND... EASTERN MCDOWELL... EASTERN POLK... GREATER BURKE... GREATER CALDWELL... GREATER RUTHERFORD... GASTON... GRAHAM... HAYWOOD... HENDERSON... LINCOLN... MCDOWELL MOUNTAINS... MACON... MADISON... MITCHELL... NORTHERN JACKSON... POLK MOUNTAINS... RUTHERFORD MOUNTAINS... SOUTHERN JACKSON... SWAIN... TRANSYLVANIA AND YANCEY. IN UPSTATE SOUTH CAROLINA... ABBEVILLE... ANDERSON... CHEROKEE... CHESTER... GREATER GREENVILLE... GREATER OCONEE... GREATER PICKENS... GREENVILLE MOUNTAINS... GREENWOOD... LAURENS... OCONEE MOUNTAINS... PICKENS MOUNTAINS... SPARTANBURG... UNION SC AND YORK.

* THROUGH SUNDAY MORNING.

* IN GENERAL... AN ADDITIONAL 1 TO 2 INCHES OF RAIN IS LIKELY ACROSS THE WATCH AREA THROUGH SUNDAY MORNING... WITH THUNDERSTORMS CAUSING ISOLATED HEAVIER TOTALS.

* THE HEAVY RAIN WILL RESULT IN RAPID INCREASES OF WATER LEVELS AND FLOW RATES ALONG CREEKS AND STREAMS. ADDITIONAL OR REDEVELOPING FLOODING IS EXPECTED. MAIN STEM RIVERS MAY ALSO RISE OUT OF THEIR BANKS IN SOME PLACES. RAPID RUNOFF ACROSS STEEP TERRAIN MAY TRIGGER LANDSLIDES.

PRECAUTIONARY/PREPAREDNESS ACTIONS...

A FLASH FLOOD WATCH MEANS THAT CONDITIONS MAY DEVELOP THAT LEAD TO FLASH FLOODING. FLASH FLOODING IS A VERY DANGEROUS SITUATION.

YOU SHOULD MONITOR LATER FORECASTS AND BE PREPARED TO TAKE ACTION SHOULD FLASH FLOOD WARNINGS BE ISSUED.

HOLIDAY CAMPERS AND THOSE PARTICIPATING IN OUTDOOR ACTIVITIES... ESPECIALLY IN THE MOUNTAINS... SHOULD USE EXTREME CAUTION AS ROADS OR TRAILS MAY BECOME IMPASSIBLE DUE TO LANDSLIDES.

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... SHOWERS AND THUNDERSTORMS WILL CONTINUE TO PROMOTE HEAVY RAINFALL THROUGH SUNDAY MORNING...

.DEEP MOISTURE FROM THE ATLANTIC AND GULF OF MEXICO WILL CONTINUE TO FLOW ACROSS THE REGION THIS WEEKEND. BROKEN LINES OF SHOWERS AND EMBEDDED THUNDERSTORMS WILL CAUSE LOCALLY HEAVY RAINFALL... ESPECIALLY NEAR THE SOUTHERN BLUE RIDGE. ACROSS MUCH OF THE PIEDMONT... ISOLATED FLASH FLOODING WILL REMAIN A CONCERN WITH SLOW MOVING THUNDERSTORMS. DUE TO RECENT RAIN EVENTS... ANY HEAVY RAINFALL WILL LIKELY RESULT IN RAPID RISES OF WATER LEVELS IN CREEKS... STREAMS... AND POOR DRAINAGE AREAS. MAIN STEM RIVERS MAY ALSO REACH FLOOD STAGE IN SOME PLACES.