TURN AROUND - DON'T DROWN:  Flood advisory issued for McDowell until 5 p.m.

Courtesy National Weather Service

The National Weather Service has issued a flood advisory for southeast McDowell County until 7:15 p.m.

At 1:27 p.m., Doppler radar and automated rain gauges indicated 1 to 3 inches of rain have fallen in the past 3 to 4 hours. This is in addition to 1 to 1.5 inches of rainfall which fell overnight. This will likely cause minor flooding across the advisory area shortly. Minor flooding means low-lying areas, farmland, low-water crossings, and recreational areas may flood.

Showers and thunderstorms continue to run along a line from Sugar Hill to  to Glenwood to Nebo. This will persist for at least another 30 to 60 minutes and potentially produce another 1 to 2 inches of rainfall. This may exacerbate ongoing flooding or cause new flooding to occur. Please exercise caution near streams and seek higher ground if streams are rising.

Some locations that will experience flooding include Lake James State Park, Lake James, Nebo, Sugar Hill, Glenwood, Dysartsville and Thermal City.

The following streams and associated tributaries will experience rapid rises and minor flooding of low-lying areas and low water crossings is possible: North Muddy Creek, Youngs Fork, Cove Creek, Marks Creek, upper Second Broad River, Bobs Creek and South Muddy Creek.

In hilly terrain there are hundreds of low water crossings which are

potentially dangerous in heavy rain. Do not attempt to cross flooded

roads. Turn around, don't drown.

If heavy rainfall continues, the advisory may be upgraded to a Flash

Flood Warning. People in flood prone areas, especially along creeks

and small streams, should prepare to move to higher ground quickly if

a Flash Flood Warning is issued.

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A flood advisory is in effect through Wednesday evening for central and western McDowell County.

At 11 a.m., Doppler radar and automated rain gauges indicated 1 to 3 inches of rain have fallen in the past 10 to 12 hours. When combined with additional rainfall, this may cause minor flooding across the advisory area shortly. Minor flooding means low-lying areas, farmland, low-water crossings and recreational areas may flood.

Rainfall is redeveloping across McDowell County and may continue for the next several hours. This may result in another 1 to 3 inches of rain accumulation and may exacerbate ongoing flooding or cause new flooding to occur.

Some locations that may experience flooding include Marion, Old Fort, Pleasant Gardens, Little Switzerland, Woodlawn, Blue Ridge Parkway, Nebo, Montreat and Lake James.

The following streams and their adjacent tributaries will experience rapid rises and possible minor flooding of low-lying areas and low water crossings--Mill Creek, Crooked Creek, Nix Creek, Bradley Creek, Curtis Creek, Mackey Creek, and the upper Catawba River above Lake James.

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