…FLASH FLOOD WATCH IN EFFECT FROM SATURDAY MORNING THROUGH
The National Weather Service in Blacksburg has issued a
* Flash Flood Watch for portions of North Carolina and southwest
Virginia, including the following areas, in North Carolina,
Alleghany NC, Ashe, Caswell, Rockingham, Stokes, Surry,
Watauga, Wilkes, and Yadkin. In southwest Virginia, Carroll,
Floyd, Grayson, and Patrick.
* From Saturday morning through Monday evening
* Heavy rain from Florence will lead to flash flooding across the
area, especially by Saturday afternoon and evening into Monday.
5 to 10 inches of rain are expected, with locally higher amounts
of a foot or more possible along the Blue Ridge.
* Life-threatening flash flooding may develop as heavy rain bands
occur this weekend into Monday. Streams and creeks may rise
quickly during heavy rain and flood. Larger rivers eventually
may rise to flood stage as well.
* Rainfall of more than five inches in similar storms has been
associated with an increased risk of landslides and rock slides.
If you live on a mountainside or in a cove at the base of a
mountain…especially near a stream…be ready to leave in
advance of the storm or as quickly as possible should rising
water…moving earth…or rocks threaten. Consider postponing
travel along mountain roads during the period of heavy rainfall.
A Flash Flood Watch means that conditions may develop that lead
to flash flooding. Flash flooding is a VERY DANGEROUS SITUATION.
Remember…TURN AROUND…DON`T DROWN!
You should monitor later forecasts and be prepared to take action
should Flash Flood Warnings be issued.