Weather Alert
Avery County, NC
Status: Alert Ended
Start: 9/16/18 10:38 AM
End: 9/16/18 6:10 PM
Dur: 07:32
Canceled 9/16/18 6:10 PM

Flash Flood Watch issued September 16 at 10:38AM EDT until September 18 at 12:00AM EDT by NWS
.Tropical Storm Florence will continue to drift westward across the Carolinas today before exiting to the north Monday. The storm will gradually weaken over the region, though heavy rain will continue even after winds taper off. Soils will become saturated and flash flooding is likely to develop.
The Flash Flood Watch continues for * a portion of western North Carolina, including the following areas, Avery, Buncombe, Burke Mountains, Caldwell Mountains, Eastern McDowell, Eastern Polk, Greater Burke, Greater Caldwell, Greater Rutherford, Haywood, Henderson, Madison, McDowell Mountains, Mitchell, Polk Mountains, Rutherford Mountains, Transylvania, and Yancey.

* through Monday evening * Heavy rain from Florence and its later remnants will lead to flash flooding across much of the area. Additional amounts of 2 to 4 inches of rain are expected west of the Blue Ridge Escarpment, with 4 to 6 inches expected east of the Escarpment. Isolated areas will see higher amounts up to 8 inches, particularly along the east and south sides of mountain ridges.

* Life-threatening flash flooding could develop with heavy rain bands tonight through Monday, especially where the rain falls on soils left saturated by earlier rainfall. Streams and creeks are likely to rise quickly during heavy rain and flood nearby low- lying areas. Larger rivers eventually will rise to flood stage as well.

* Isolated landslides are likely with potential for greater coverage if rainfall totals exceed 6 to 10 inches. Areas that have experienced recent landslide activity may be more susceptible to additional landslides.

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