FLASH FLOOD WARNING: Some evacuations in Marion underway

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.

PRECAUTIONARY/PREPAREDNESS ACTIONS...

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

flooding.

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.

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