Flash Flood Watch
Issued by NWS Greer, SC

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Flood Watch
National Weather Service Greenville-Spartanburg SC
350 AM EDT Mon Apr 24 2017


.An upper-level low pressure system will move very slowly east
over Georgia today before reaching South Carolina and Georgia
coast this evening. Abundant moisture will pump into the western
Carolinas ahead of this system today, falling on ground already
saturated from late weekend rainfall. Very high rainfall rates
will continue today, with the most serious flooding developing in
regions affected by the heaviest repeated shower bands. Current
expectations are for the worst conditions to occur over the
Interstate 77 corridor back toward the North Carolina Foothills.
Heavy rain could linger into the evening over the Interstate 77
corridor as well.

Haywood-Buncombe-Catawba-Rowan-Graham-Northern Jackson-Macon-
Southern Jackson-Transylvania-Henderson-Cleveland-Lincoln-Gaston-
Mecklenburg-Cabarrus-Union-Caldwell Mountains-Greater Caldwell-
Burke Mountains-Greater Burke-McDowell Mountains-Eastern McDowell-
Rutherford Mountains-Greater Rutherford-Polk Mountains-
Eastern Polk-Oconee Mountains-Pickens Mountains-
Greenville Mountains-Greater Oconee-Greater Pickens-
Greater Greenville-Spartanburg-Cherokee-York-Anderson-Abbeville-
Including the cities of Ingalls, Banner Elk, Newland, Bethlehem,
Ellendale, Millersville, Taylorsville, Hiddenite, Stony Point,
Statesville, Mooresville, Farmington, Fork Church, Mocksville,
Advance, 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, Asheville, Hickory, Newton,
St. Stephens, Salisbury, Robbinsville, Stecoah, Cullowhee,
Tuckasegee, Sylva, Franklin, Rainbow Springs, Kyle,
Nantahala Lake, Highlands, Wolf Mountain, Cashiers, Brevard,
Cedar Mountain, Little River, Hendersonville, Fletcher, Dana,
East Flat Rock, Tuxedo, Etowah, Shelby, Kings Mountain,
Lincolnton, Crouse, Gastonia, Charlotte, Huntersville, Matthews,
Concord, Kannapolis, Monroe, Trinity, Indian Trail, Weddington,
Patterson, Kings Creek, Lenoir, Sawmills, Granite Falls,
Jonas Ridge, Morganton, Pleasant Grove, Valdese, Ashford,
Sugar Hill, Woodlawn, Old Fort, Marion, Nebo, Dysartsville, Fero,
Glenwood, Lake Lure, Forest City, Rutherfordton, Spindale,
Saluda, Tryon, Columbus, Lake Adger, Mill Spring, Mountain Rest,
Walhalla, Westminster, Pumpkintown, Tigerville, Gowensville,
Caesars Head, Cleveland, Marietta, Seneca, Oakway, Easley,
Dacusville, Clemson, Greenville, Taylors, Greer, Mauldin,
Fork Shoals, Simpsonville, Berea, Spartanburg, Gaffney, Catawba,
Rock Hill, Anderson, Abbeville, Calhoun Falls, Laurens, Clinton,
Union, Monarch Mills, Blackstock, Chester, Cornwell, Great Falls,
Ware Shoals, and Ninety Six
350 AM EDT Mon Apr 24 2017


The Flood Watch continues for

* portions of North Carolina and upstate South Carolina,
  including the following areas, in North Carolina, Alexander,
  Avery, Buncombe, Burke Mountains, Cabarrus, Caldwell
  Mountains, Catawba, Cleveland, Davie, Eastern McDowell,
  Eastern Polk, Gaston, Graham, Greater Burke, Greater Caldwell,
  Greater Rutherford, Haywood, Henderson, Iredell, Lincoln,
  Macon, Madison, McDowell Mountains, Mecklenburg, Mitchell,
  Northern Jackson, Polk Mountains, Rowan, Rutherford Mountains,
  Southern Jackson, Swain, Transylvania, Union, and Yancey. In
  upstate South Carolina, Abbeville, Anderson, Cherokee,
  Chester, Greater Greenville, Greater Oconee, Greater Pickens,
  Greenville Mountains, Greenwood, Laurens, Oconee Mountains,
  Pickens Mountains, Spartanburg, Union, and York.

* through this evening

* Several periods of showers, possibly with embedded
  thunderstorms, are expected across the area through the day
  today. Additional rainfall amounts of 1 to 4 inches are expected
  by the time the heavy rain ends this evening, which could bring
  totals in some areas near the Interstate 77 corridor to around 6
  inches for the entire event. Locally higher amounts will be
  possible with smaller scale bands of showers and thunderstorms
  that repeatedly develop over any one area.

* The long duration and widespread nature of the heavy rain threat
  is expected to result in significant rises and likely flooding
  on areas streams and creeks. The Charlotte Metro Area will be
  particularly susceptible. Minor flooding will also be possible
  along some main stem rivers, particularly the South Fork Catawba
  River, the South Yadkin River, and portions of the French Broad
  River. Additionally, heavier short term rainfall rates
  associated with bands of heavy rain showers and embedded
  thunderstorms could result in localized flash flooding along
  small streams and in urban areas.


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

You should monitor later forecasts and be alert for possible
Flood Warnings. Those living in areas prone to flooding should be
prepared to take action should flooding develop.



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