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Areal Flood Warning
Issued: 10:31 AM EDT Apr. 24, 2018 – National Weather Service

The National Weather Service in Greenville-Spartanburg has issued a

* Flood Warning for small streams in...
southern McDowell County in western North Carolina...
central Burke County in western North Carolina...

* until 430 PM EDT Tuesday.

* At 1023 am EDT, Doppler radar and automated rain gauges indicated
that heavy rain was falling over the area. The heavy rain will
cause flooding. Three to four inches of rain have fallen over the
last 24 hours with up to an additional inch of rain expected.

* Some locations that will experience flooding include...
Marion, Glen Alpine, Old Fort, Lake James State Park, Lake James,
Nebo, Pleasant Gardens, Oak Hill, Morganton and lake Rhodhiss.
Emergency management is reporting flooding of low-lying areas near
MacKey creek, Mill Creek, and Clear Creek in McDowell County. The
Catawba river at Pleasant Gardens has reached action stage and
will result in continued flooding of low-lying areas. A voluntary
evacuation order for the riverbreeze campground in Marion on
riverbreeze drive has been issued due to rising waters, and all
are encouraged to immediately heed the instructions of local
emergency management.

Additionally, an automated river gauge on the Johns River north of
Morganton in Burke County indicates that the Johns River is
approaching minor flood stage. Minor flooding is possible in low-
lying areas near the Johns River, including Johns River Rd,
corpening bridge Rd, and the boat ramp at NC 18/64.

Precautionary/preparedness actions...

In hilly and mountainous terrain, there are hundreds of low-water
crossings which can be dangerous in heavy rain. Low-water crossings
can be submerged by flood waters quickly and without warning. Never
attempt to travel across flooded crossings. Find an alternate Route.
It takes only a few inches of swiftly flowing water to carry vehicles
away.

Numerous roads, parking lots and bridges will be threatened by heavy
rain and rapidly rising streams and creeks. Please pay close
attention to Road signs indicating a flood-prone area. 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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Areal Flood Watch
Issued: 7:59 AM EDT Apr. 24, 2018 – National Weather Service

... Flood Watch now in effect until 4 PM EDT this afternoon...

The Flood Watch is now in effect for

* a portion of western North Carolina, including the following
areas, Avery, Buncombe, Burke mountains, Caldwell mountains,
eastern McDowell, greater Burke, greater Caldwell, Henderson,
McDowell Mountains, Mitchell, Polk mountains, Rutherford
mountains, Transylvania, and Yancey.

* Until 4 PM EDT this afternoon

* although rainfall rates are diminishing around the region,
locally moderate to heavy rain showers may still fall on
locations that have received 3 to 6 inches of rain in the past
24 hours. Runoff on these saturated soil conditions may yet
produce flooding in low-lying and flood prone areas in and
near the eastern Escarpment of the North Carolina mountains.

* Flooding remains most likely along the upper reaches of the
French Broad River and its associated tributaries. Flooding
will also be possible along the western Catawba river chain in
the North Carolina foothills.

Precautionary/preparedness actions...

A Flood Watch means there is a potential for flooding based on
current forecasts of heavy rainfall.

You should monitor later forecasts and be alert for possible
flood warnings. Consider moving vehicles and other property from
known, flood-prone areas. Those living in areas prone to flooding
should be prepared to take quick action should flooding develop,
including fleeing to higher ground.


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Areal Flood Watch
Issued: 7:59 AM EDT Apr. 24, 2018 – National Weather Service

... Flood Watch now in effect until 4 PM EDT this afternoon...

The Flood Watch is now in effect for

* a portion of western North Carolina, including the following
areas, Avery, Buncombe, Burke mountains, Caldwell mountains,
eastern McDowell, greater Burke, greater Caldwell, Henderson,
McDowell Mountains, Mitchell, Polk mountains, Rutherford
mountains, Transylvania, and Yancey.

* Until 4 PM EDT this afternoon

* although rainfall rates are diminishing around the region,
locally moderate to heavy rain showers may still fall on
locations that have received 3 to 6 inches of rain in the past
24 hours. Runoff on these saturated soil conditions may yet
produce flooding in low-lying and flood prone areas in and
near the eastern Escarpment of the North Carolina mountains.

* Flooding remains most likely along the upper reaches of the
French Broad River and its associated tributaries. Flooding
will also be possible along the western Catawba river chain in
the North Carolina foothills.

Precautionary/preparedness actions...

A Flood Watch means there is a potential for flooding based on
current forecasts of heavy rainfall.

You should monitor later forecasts and be alert for possible
flood warnings. Consider moving vehicles and other property from
known, flood-prone areas. Those living in areas prone to flooding
should be prepared to take quick action should flooding develop,
including fleeing to higher ground.


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