The National Weather Service (NWS) in Greenville-Spartanburg has issued an urban and small stream flood advisory for McDowell, Burke and Catawba counties until 9 a.m.

NWS doppler radar indicated thunderstorms with heavy rainfall all across the advisory area.

Doppler radar estimated two to three inches of rainfall has fallen across portions of the advisory area over the last three to four hours, with an additional of one to two inches in the next couple of hours.

Runoff from this excessive rainfall will cause minor flooding to occur, especially along small streams and near low water crossings.

Some locations that will experience minor flooding include Lenoir, Marion, Morganton, Ashford, Collettsville, Connelly Springs, Dysartsville, Glenwood, Gamewell, Globe, Granite Falls, Hudson, Icard, Jonas Ridge, Kings Creek, Lake James, Lake Rhodhiss, Old Fort, Patterson, Rutherford College, and Valdese.

Do not drive your vehicle into areas where the water covers the roadway. The water depth may be too great to allow your car to cross safely.

Please report any landslides, flooding, or high water.