The National Weather Service in Greenville-Spartanburg has issued a
* Flash Flood Warning for...
South central McDowell County in western North Carolina...
* Until 1145 PM EDT.
* At 847 PM EDT, Doppler radar indicated a series of repeating
thunderstorms moving slowly west across central McDowell County,
impacting Marion and the area from Glenwood to from Sugar Hill to
near Pleasant Gardens. These thunderstorms were producing rainfall
at rates approaching two inches per hour and the heavy rain was
falling on locations already saturated from earlier rainfall.
* Flooding is ongoing in the vicinity of Business Highway 221 on the
south side of Marion, especially along Youngs Fork. Evacuations of
residents are underway in the Currier Court area due to rising
water. Additional flooding is expected across the area from
Glenwood to Sugar Hill and also eas t of Pleasant Gardens.
Most flood deaths occur in vehicles. Do not attempt to cross
water-covered roadways, bridges, or low-level crossings. Only a few
inches of rapidly flowing water can carry away your vehicle. It is
not worth the risk. Please TURN AROUND, DON'T DROWN. Be especially
cautious at night when it is harder to recognize the dangers of
Excessive runoff from heavy rainfall will cause flooding of small
creeks and streams, highways, and underpasses. Additionally, country
roads and farmlands along the banks of creeks, streams, and other
low-lying areas are subject to flooding. Obey all barricades, even
if water is not currently over the road. Barricades are in place for
your protection and indicate areas where flooding can occur rapidly
and without warning.