|Updated:||Sat 03-Oct-15 08:21pm EDT
|Effective:||Sat 03-Oct-15 08:21pm EDT
|Expires:||Mon 05-Oct-15 08:00am EDT
|Areas affected: Avery; Buncombe; Burke Mountains; Caldwell Mountains; Eastern McDowell; Eastern Polk; Graham; Greater Burke; Greater Caldwell; Greater Rutherford; Haywood; Henderson; Macon; Madison; McDowell Mountains; Mitchell; Northern Jackson; Polk Mountains; Rutherford Mountains; Southern Jackson; Swain; Transylvania; Yancey
Instructions: A flash flood watch means that conditions may develop that lead
to flash flooding. Flash flooding is a very dangerous situation.
Rainfall of more than five inches in similar storms has been
associated with an increased risk of landslides and rockslides.
If you live on a mountainside or in a cove at the base of a
mountain...especially near a stream...be ready to leave in
advance of the storm or as quickly as possible should rising
water...moving earth...or rocks threaten.
You should monitor later forecasts and be prepared to take action
should flash flood warnings be issued. Consider postponing travel
if possible. If you must travel...never drive through flooded
roadways. Turn around...dont drown.
Message summary: ...heavy rainfall will continue across the western carolinas and
northeast georgia tonight with potentially historic and life
threatening flash flooding possible...
.a slowly moving upper level low pressure system over the
southeast states will continue to interact with a plume of
tropical moisture from hurricane joaquin off the atlantic coast
to produce copious rainfall across the western carolinas and
northeast georgia through sunday. The axis of heavy rainfall will
shift south and west toward the savannah river valley tonight...
Impacting many locations around the region where soils are
already saturated. Additional rainfall totals of 1 to 5 inches
are likely...but the axis of heaviest rainfall through sunday is
expected to line up from the upper savannah river valley and the
western upstate...into the lower piedmont near greenwood. This
amount of rainfall could result in significant...life
threatening...flash flooding and flooding along main stem rivers.
...flash flood watch remains in effect through monday morning...
The flash flood watch continues for
* portions of northeast georgia...western north carolina and
upstate south carolina...including the following areas...in
northeast georgia...habersham and rabun. In western north
mountains...eastern mcdowell...eastern polk...graham...greater
burke...greater caldwell...greater rutherford...haywood...
Northern jackson...polk mountains...rutherford mountains...
Southern jackson...swain...transylvania and yancey. In upstate
south carolina...greenville mountains...oconee mountains and
* through monday morning
* rain will persist through sunday as tropical moisture from
hurricane joaquin off the atlantic coast wraps into a low
pressure system over the southeast united states.
* additional rainfall totals of 1 to 3 inches are expected across
the mountains. These periods of very heavy rainfall are expected
to produce flash flooding along smaller creeks and streams...
With significant flash flooding possible...especially in areas
that already received heavy rain in recent days. In addition...
Heavy runoff on already saturated mountain terrain can trigger
landslides and mudslides...especially in places prone to slope
movement in the past. Flooding will also likely develop along
the main stem rivers and possibly persist into early next week.
People living near streams should monitor the situation closely
through the weekend. Now is the time to decide what to do if
threatened by flood waters.
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