NWS: Flash Flood Watch for Rutherford County until 6 a.m. Sunday

Jul. 13, 2013 @ 03:16 PM

From the National Weather Service:

FLASH FLOOD WATCH REMAINS IN EFFECT THROUGH LATE TONIGHT...

THE FLASH FLOOD WATCH CONTINUES 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... HAYWOOD... HENDERSON... IREDELL... LINCOLN... MCDOWELL MOUNTAINS... MACON... MADISON... MECKLENBURG... MITCHELL... NORTHERN JACKSON... POLK MOUNTAINS... RUTHERFORD MOUNTAINS... SOUTHERN JACKSON... TRANSYLVANIA... UNION NC 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 LATE TONIGHT.

* NUMEROUS SHOWERS AND THUNDERSTORMS... ESPECIALLY NEAR THE BLUE RIDGE... WILL PRODUCE HEAVY DOWNPOURS IN LOCATIONS THAT HAVE HAD WELL ABOVE NORMAL RAINFALL IN THE PAST WEEK.

* ANY THUNDERSTORM THAT PRODUCES A HEAVY DOWNPOUR COULD CAUSE ENOUGH RUNOFF THAT WOULD RESULT IN RAPID RISES ON CREEKS AND STREAMS... BECAUSE OF THE WET CONDITIONS.

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.

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More Information

... MORE FLASH FLOODING POSSIBLE ACROSS THE WESTERN CAROLINAS AND NORTHEAST GEORGIA THIS AFTERNOON AND TONIGHT...

.THE MOVEMENT OF AN UPPER LEVEL LOW WILL BRING A PLUME OF DEEPER MOISTURE BACK TO THE WEST AND ACROSS THE REGION THIS EVENING. EASTERLY WINDS WILL HELP THE DEVELOPMENT OF MORE SHOWERS AND THUNDERSTORMS ALONG AND TO THE EAST OF THE BLUE RIDGE THROUGH EARLY SUNDAY MORNING. GIVEN THE RECENT HIGH NUMBER OF FLASH FLOOD EVENTS BROUGHT ABOUT BY WIDESPREAD WELL ABOVE NORMAL RAINFALL... THE POTENTIAL FOR ADDITIONAL FLASH FLOODING IS HIGH ACROSS THE REGION WHEREVER STORMS DEVELOP AND PERSIST.