Flash Flood Watch for McDowell extended through this evening

NWS

THE FLASH FLOOD WATCH IS NOW IN EFFECT THROUGH THIS EVENING.

ADDITIONAL RAINFALL AMOUNTS OF ONE HALF TO 1 INCH, WITH LOCALLY HIGHER AMOUNTS UP TO 2 INCHES ARE POSSIBLE ACROSS THE REGION THROUGH TONIGHT. THIS COULD CAUSE ADDITIONAL FLASH FLOODING TO DEVELOP VERY QUICKLY, ESPECIALLY IN AREAS THAT HAVE SEEN VERY HEAVY RAINFALL SINCE FRIDAY, AND ALSO IN URBAN AREAS.

FLOODING IS ONGOING ACROSS PORTIONS OF WESTERN NORTH CAROLINA, ESPECIALLY ALONG THE CATAWBA RIVER IN THE FOOTHILLS AND WESTERN PIEDMONT. THIS FLOODING WILL LIKELY CONTINUE THROUGH AT LEAST TONIGHT. ADDITIONAL HEAVY RAINFALL MAY WORSEN THE FLOODING IN THESE AREAS. OTHER AREAS COULD ALSO SEE STREAMS RISE QUICKLY, WITH SOME COMING OUT OF THEIR BANKS. THE POSSIBILITY OF ISOLATED LANDSLIDE ACTIVITY WILL REMAIN ELEVATED ALONG AND NEAR THE BLUE RIDGE ESCARPMENT, ESPECIALLY ACROSS THE NORTHERN MOUNTAINS, WHERE WIDESPREAD RAINFALL AMOUNTS IN EXCESS OF 5 INCHES HAVE OCCURRED SINCE FRIDAY.

PRECAUTIONARY/PREPAREDNESS ACTIONS...

A FLASH FLOOD WATCH MEANS THAT CONDITIONS MAY DEVELOP THAT LEAD TO FLASH FLOODING. FLASH FLOODING IS A VERY DANGEROUS SITUATION.

YOU SHOULD MONITOR LATER FORECASTS AND BE PREPARED TO TAKE ACTION SHOULD FLASH FLOOD WARNINGS BE ISSUED.

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