Flash Flood Watch Issued For Many WNC Counties Through Thursday

Heavy Rain Expected Thru Thursday

The national weather service in Greer, SC has issued a flash flood watch for many of the far western counties of NC, and those counties that border Tennessee. heavy rainfall is currently moving into the area from Eastern Tennessee, and is expected to continue through the evening, and even through Thursday. Streams and rivers could rise quickly in the affected counties, so please turn around.. don’t drown.

Notice in the below NAM 3km precipitation total map that some western counties like Haywood and Jackson counties could see over 3” of rainfall from this through Friday morning. Streams could rise in the area, and some flooding cannot be ruled out.

18z NAM 3km precipitation totals through Friday Morning

Here is the message from GSP:

Flood Watch National Weather Service Greenville-Spartanburg SC 250 PM EDT Wed Sep 26 2018  ...Heavy Rainfall Expected Across Portions of the Western North Carolina Mountains Through...  .A slowly moving cold front and ample moisture originating out of the Gulf of Mexico will focus periods of heavy rain across the North Carolina mountains through Thursday evening. The heavy rain will be capable of producing flash flooding across the area.  NCZ033-048>052-058-059-062-270700- /O.NEW.KGSP.FF.A.0010.180926T1900Z-180928T0000Z/ /00000.0.ER.000000T0000Z.000000T0000Z.000000T0000Z.OO/ Avery-Madison-Yancey-Mitchell-Swain-Haywood-Graham- Northern Jackson-Macon- Including the cities of Ingalls, Banner Elk, Newland, Faust, Mars Hill, Marshall, Walnut, Allenstand, Hot Springs, Luck, Swiss, Burnsville, Celo, Micaville, Ramseytown, Busick, Mount Mitchell State Park, Spruce Pine, Poplar, Newfound Gap, Alarka, Almond, Bryson City, Luada, Smokemont, Wesser, Waynesville, Waterville, Canton, Cruso, Cove Creek, Lake Junaluska, Robbinsville, Stecoah, Cullowhee, Tuckasegee, Sylva, Franklin, Rainbow Springs, Kyle, Nantahala Lake, and Highlands 250 PM EDT Wed Sep 26 2018  ...FLASH FLOOD WATCH IN EFFECT THROUGH THURSDAY EVENING...  The National Weather Service in Greenville-Spartanburg has issued a  * Flash Flood Watch for a portion of western North Carolina,   including the following areas, Avery, Graham, Haywood, Macon,   Madison, Mitchell, Northern Jackson, Swain, and Yancey.  * through Thursday evening  * Showers and thunderstorms with periods of moderate to heavy   rainfall are forecast across the area through Thursday in   association with a slow moving cold front. Runoff from this   heavy rainfall may lead to flash flooding.  * People in the watch area should be aware of the threat of heavy   rainfall. Avoid low lying areas...and be careful when   approaching highway dips and underpasses. Do not drive through   flooded spots on roads, especially if you do not know how deep   the water is.  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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