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Hurricane Local Statement

Hurricane Zeta Local Statement Advisory Number 16
GAZ010-017-018-026-028-029-NCZ033-035>037-048>053-056>059-062>065-068>072-082-501>510-SCZ001>014-019-290000-

Hurricane Zeta Local Statement Advisory Number 16
National Weather Service Greenville-Spartanburg SC  AL282020
1159 AM EDT Wed Oct 28 2020

This product covers the western Carolinas and NE Georgia

**TROPICAL CYCLONE ZETA TO BRING STRONG WINDS AND HEAVY RAINFALL
TO PORTIONS OF THE WESTERN CAROLINAS AND NORTHEAST GEORGIA**


NEW INFORMATION
---------------

* CHANGES TO WATCHES AND WARNINGS:
    - None

* CURRENT WATCHES AND WARNINGS:
    - A Tropical Storm Watch is in effect for Anderson, Avery,
      Buncombe, Burke Mountains, Catawba, Cherokee, Cleveland,
      Eastern McDowell, Eastern Polk, Franklin, Gaston, Graham,
      Greater Burke, Greater Greenville, Greater Oconee, Greater
      Pickens, Greater Rutherford, Greenville Mountains, Habersham,
      Hart, Haywood, Henderson, Lincoln, Macon, Madison, McDowell
      Mountains, Mitchell, Northern Jackson, Oconee Mountains,
      Pickens Mountains, Polk Mountains, Rabun, Rutherford Mountains,
      Southern Jackson, Spartanburg, Stephens, Swain, Transylvania,
      and Yancey

* STORM INFORMATION:
    - About 860 miles southwest of Charlotte NC or about 790 miles
      southwest of Greenville/Spartanburg SC
    - 26.9N 91.7W
    - Storm Intensity 90 mph
    - Movement North or 10 degrees at 18 mph

SITUATION OVERVIEW
------------------

Tropical Storm Zeta is expected to strengthen into a Hurricane as
it crosses the Gulf of Mexico and approaches the Louisiana coast later
today. Following a late day landfall, the system will begin to weaken
but then accelerate across the Deep South tonight and up the crest of
the Appalachian mountains on Thursday. Heavy rainfall, very gusty
south winds, and isolated severe thunderstorms will be possible with
the passage of the remnants of Zeta late tonight through Thursday. The
potential for excessive rainfall will be greatest in and near the
mountains, while the severe weather threat will be highest in Piedmont
areas. Gusty winds will be possible throughout and these may combine
with saturated soil conditions to knock down scattered trees and
power lines.

POTENTIAL IMPACTS
-----------------

* WIND:
Prepare for hazardous wind having possible limited impacts across the
western Carolinas and NE Georgia. Potential impacts include:
    - Minor Damage to porches, awnings, carports, and sheds. Unsecured
      lightweight objects blown about.
    - Many large tree limbs broken off. Scattered trees uprooted, but
      with greater numbers in places where trees are shallow rooted.
      Some fences and roadway signs blown over.
    - A few roads impassable from debris, particularly within urban
      or heavily wooded places. Hazardous driving conditions on
      bridges and other elevated roadways.
    - Scattered power and communications outages.

* FLOODING RAIN:
Prepare for dangerous rainfall flooding having possible significant
impacts across primarily the mountains of the western Carolinas and
northeast Georgia. Potential impacts include:
    - Moderate rainfall flooding may prompt several evacuations and
      rescues.
    - Rivers and tributaries may quickly become swollen with swifter
      currents and overspill their banks in a few places, especially
      in usually vulnerable spots. Small streams, creeks, canals,
      arroyos, and ditches overflow.
    - Flood waters can enter some structures or weaken foundations.
      Several places may experience expanded areas of rapid
      inundation at underpasses, low-lying spots, and poor drainage
      areas. Some streets and parking lots take on moving water as
      storm drains and retention ponds overflow. Driving conditions
      become hazardous. Some road and bridge closures.

Prepare for locally hazardous rainfall flooding having possible
limited impacts across the foothills and Piedmont of the western
Carolinas and northeast Georgia.

* TORNADOES:
Prepare for a tornado event having possible limited impacts across
the western Carolinas and NE Georgia. Potential impacts include:
    - The occurrence of isolated tornadoes can hinder the execution
      of emergency plans during tropical events.
    - A few places may experience tornado damage, along with power
      and communications disruptions.
    - Locations could realize roofs peeled off buildings, chimneys
      toppled, mobile homes pushed off foundations or overturned,
      large tree tops and branches snapped off, shallow-rooted trees
      knocked over, moving vehicles blown off roads, and small boats
      pulled from moorings.

PRECAUTIONARY/PREPAREDNESS ACTIONS
----------------------------------

* EVACUATIONS:
WATCH/WARNING PHASE - Listen to local official for recommended
preparedness actions, including possible evacuation. If ordered to
evacuate, do so immediately.

* OTHER PREPAREDNESS INFORMATION:
Now is the time to check your emergency plan and emergency supplies
kit and take necessary actions to protect your family and secure your
home or business.

If you live in a place particularly vulnerable to flooding, such as
near the ocean or a large inland lake, in a low-lying or poor
drainage area, in a valley, or near an already swollen river, plan to
move to safe shelter on higher ground.

Closely monitor weather.gov, NOAA Weather Radio and local news
outlets for official storm information. Listen for possible changes
to the forecast.

There is a threat from tornadoes with this storm. Have multiple ways
to receive Tornado Warnings. Be ready to shelter quickly.

* ADDITIONAL SOURCES OF INFORMATION:
- For information on appropriate preparations see ready.gov
- For information on creating an emergency plan see getagameplan.org
- For additional disaster preparedness information see redcross.org

NEXT UPDATE
-----------

The next local statement will be issued by the National Weather
Service in Greenville-Spartanburg SC around 5 PM EDT, or sooner if
conditions warrant.

$$
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Tropical Storm Watch

Zeta Local Watch/Warning Statement/Advisory Number 16
National Weather Service Greenville-Spartanburg SC  AL282020
1145 AM EDT Wed Oct 28 2020

GAZ026-282345-
/O.CON.KGSP.TR.A.1028.000000T0000Z-000000T0000Z/
Franklin-
1145 AM EDT Wed Oct 28 2020

...TROPICAL STORM WATCH REMAINS IN EFFECT...

* LOCATIONS AFFECTED
    - Lavonia

* WIND
    - LATEST LOCAL FORECAST: Below tropical storm force wind
        - Peak Wind Forecast: 20-30 mph with gusts to 40 mph

    - THREAT TO LIFE AND PROPERTY THAT INCLUDES TYPICAL FORECAST
      UNCERTAINTY IN TRACK, SIZE AND INTENSITY: Potential for wind 39
      to 57 mph
        - PLAN: Plan for hazardous wind of equivalent tropical storm
          force.
        - PREPARE: Efforts to protect property should now be
          underway. Prepare for limited wind damage.
        - ACT: Act now to complete preparations before the wind
          becomes hazardous.

    - POTENTIAL IMPACTS: Limited
        - Damage to porches, awnings, carports, sheds, and unanchored
          mobile homes. Unsecured lightweight objects blown about.
        - Many large tree limbs broken off. A few trees snapped or
          uprooted, but with greater numbers in places where trees
          are shallow rooted. Some fences and roadway signs blown
          over.
        - A few roads impassable from debris, particularly within
          urban or heavily wooded places. Hazardous driving
          conditions on bridges and other elevated roadways.
        - Scattered power and communications outages.

* FLOODING RAIN
    - LATEST LOCAL FORECAST:
        - Peak Rainfall Amounts: Additional 1-3 inches, with locally
          higher amounts

    - THREAT TO LIFE AND PROPERTY THAT INCLUDES TYPICAL FORECAST
      UNCERTAINTY IN TRACK, SIZE AND INTENSITY: Potential for
      moderate flooding rain
        - PLAN: Emergency plans should include the potential for
          moderate flooding from heavy rain. Evacuations and rescues
          are possible.
        - PREPARE: Consider protective actions if you are in an area
          vulnerable to flooding.
        - ACT: Heed any flood watches and warnings. Failure to take
          action may result in serious injury or loss of life.

    - POTENTIAL IMPACTS: Significant
        - Moderate rainfall flooding may prompt several evacuations
          and rescues.
        - Rivers and tributaries may quickly become swollen with
          swifter currents and overspill their banks in a few places,
          especially in usually vulnerable spots. Small streams,
          creeks, canals, arroyos, and ditches overflow.
        - Flood waters can enter some structures or weaken
          foundations. Several places may experience expanded areas
          of rapid inundation at underpasses, low-lying spots, and
          poor drainage areas. Some streets and parking lots take on
          moving water as storm drains and retention ponds overflow.
          Driving conditions become hazardous. Some road and bridge
          closures.

* TORNADO
    - LATEST LOCAL FORECAST:
        - Situation is unfavorable for tornadoes

    - THREAT TO LIFE AND PROPERTY THAT INCLUDES TYPICAL FORECAST
      UNCERTAINTY IN TRACK, SIZE AND INTENSITY: Tornadoes not expected
        - PLAN: Tornadoes are not expected. Showers and thunderstorms
          with gusty winds may still occur.
        - PREPARE: Little to no preparations needed to protect
          against tornadoes at this time. Keep informed of the latest
          tornado situation.
        - ACT: Listen for changes in the forecast.

    - POTENTIAL IMPACTS: Little to None
        - Little to no potential impacts from tornadoes.

* FOR MORE INFORMATION:
    - https://ready.ga.gov

$$



Hazardous Weather Outlook

Hazardous Weather Outlook
National Weather Service Greenville-Spartanburg SC
619 AM EDT Wed Oct 28 2020

GAZ026-028-029-NCZ035>037-056-057-068>072-082-508-510-SCZ004>014-019-
291030-
Franklin-Hart-Elbert-Alexander-Iredell-Davie-Catawba-Rowan-Cleveland-
Lincoln-Gaston-Mecklenburg-Cabarrus-Union NC-Greater Rutherford-
Eastern Polk-Greater Oconee-Greater Pickens-Greater Greenville-
Spartanburg-Cherokee-York-Anderson-Abbeville-Laurens-Union SC-
Chester-Greenwood-
619 AM EDT Wed Oct 28 2020

This Hazardous Weather Outlook is for northeast Georgia, piedmont
North Carolina, western North Carolina and upstate South Carolina.

.DAY ONE...Today and tonight.

Hazardous weather is not expected at this time.

.DAYS TWO THROUGH SEVEN...Thursday through Tuesday.

A small chance of flooding rainfall and damaging winds continues
for much of the area into Thursday as the remnants of tropical
cyclone Zeta sweep across the Southeast. There is also a small threat
of isolated tornadoes on Thursday across Piedmont areas as the
remnants of Zeta move through during the day. Monitor the latest
forecast for updates on this system.

.SPOTTER INFORMATION STATEMENT...

None.

$$



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