Flood advisory issued for McDowell until 11 p.m.

NWS

The National Weather Service in Greenville-Spartanburg has issued a Flood Advisory for...McDowell County in western North Carolina, Buncombe County in western North Carolina, Southeastern Yancey County in western North Carolina until 11:00 PM EDT Friday.

* At 1054 AM EDT, Doppler radar and automated rain gauges indicated a widespread area of 1-2 inches of rainfall has occurred across southern Buncombe to western McDowell County over the past 3 hours. Across southeast Yancey County, higher elevations of the

Black Mountains have received 2-3 inches of rainfall over the past 3 hours. This is causing significant runoff into streams across the area, with some areas along the Swannanoa River already approaching Action/Advisory stage. Expect minor flooding of adjacent low-lying areas including farmland, greenways, parks, campgrounds, and low-water crossings. Please use extra caution near low-water crossings and stay away from streams until the levels begin to recede later today.

* The following streams are experiencing significant rises with Minor flooding of low-lying areas: the Swannanoa River from Black Mountain to Warren Wilson College, Cane Creek near Fairview, Avery Creek, Mill Creek near Old Fort, the Catawba River headwaters, the South Toe River near Busick, and the tributaries of the North Fork Catawba River near Woodlawn, North Cove, and Ashford.

* Some locations that may experience flooding include...Downtown Asheville, Marion, East Asheville, Arden, West Asheville, North Asheville, Black Mountain, Swannanoa, Fairview In Buncombe County and Biltmore Forest.

PRECAUTIONARY/PREPAREDNESS ACTIONS...

Heavy rainfall will cause ponding of water in urban areas, streets and underpasses, as well as other poor drainage areas and low lying spots. Rapid rises on small creeks and streams will also occur,possibly flooding low water crossings and farmland. Do not attempt to travel across 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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