Flood Warning
Issued by NWS Greer, SC

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BULLETIN - IMMEDIATE BROADCAST REQUESTED
Flood Warning
National Weather Service Greenville-Spartanburg SC
1013 PM EDT SAT MAY 19 2018

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McDowell NC-Burke NC-
1013 PM EDT SAT MAY 19 2018

The National Weather Service in Greenville-Spartanburg has extended
the

* Flood Warning for...
  McDowell County in western North Carolina...
  Western Burke County in western North Carolina...

* Until 1215 AM EDT.

* At 1009 PM EDT, National Weather Service Doppler radar indicated
  yet around round of heavy rain producing showers and embedded
  thunderstorms moving into McDowell and western Burke Counties from
  the the west. These showers were producing rainfall at rates of
  one-half to three-quarters of an inch per hour and this rain will
  fall on areas that have already received some 3 to 6 inches of
  rain in the past 24 hours. It may not take much additional
  rainfall for streams and creeks to quickly flood given the high
  water levels.

* Flooding could quickly return to the Johns River area if the
  heavier showers reach that region. Also be cautious if you live
  near any steep slopes tonight since the landslide threat has been
  greatly heightened.

PRECAUTIONARY/PREPAREDNESS ACTIONS...

Most flood deaths occur in vehicles. Do not attempt to cross
water-covered roadways, bridges, or low-level crossings. Only a few
inches of rapidly flowing water can carry away your vehicle. It is
not worth the risk. Please TURN AROUND, DON`T DROWN. Be especially
cautious at night when it is harder to recognize the dangers of
flooding.

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.

The additional heavy rain will increase the risk of landslides,
especially in areas where slides have occurred in the past. Be
especially alert if you are near a stream, especially at the base of
a mountain or in a cove. Watch for loose-moving soil and rocks or a
sudden increase in streamflow. Leave the area quickly if this is
observed. When driving along roads where the terrain is steep or
rocky, watch and listen for falling rocks, mud, trees and other
debris.

When it is safe to do so, please report flood waters or landslides
flowing over roads or threatening property to the National Weather
Service by calling toll free, 1, 800, 2 6 7, 8 1 0 1, by posting on
our Facebook page, or via Twitter using hashtag NWSGSP. Your message
should describe the event and the specific location where it
occurred, including roadways, nearby cross streets, stream names and
other landmarks.

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LAT...LON 3595 8178 3588 8171 3584 8163 3561 8175
      3558 8182 3554 8185 3552 8197 3555 8200
      3552 8214 3559 8229 3562 8227 3570 8229
      3573 8219 3580 8216 3585 8210 3585 8205
      3588 8202 3587 8200 3595 8196 3600 8190

$$

HG


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