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Flash Flood Watch for Avery County, NC – August 17-18, 2021

Last Updated on August 17, 2021 6:01 am

Buncombe-Northern Jackson-Henderson-McDowell Mountains-Eastern
McDowell-Greater Rutherford-Oconee Mountains-Greater Oconee-Greater
Including the cities of Laurens, Calhoun Falls, Banner Elk,
Tuckasegee, Greenville, Mauldin, Nebo, Forest City, Burnsville,
Waynesville, Dysartsville, Gumlog, Simpsonville, Woodlawn, Canton,
Westminster, Newland, Celo, Ashford, Cullowhee, Cruso, Hollywood,
Ingalls, East Flat Rock, Toccoa, Clarkesville, Walhalla, Taylors,
Old Fort, Boydville, Etowah, Sylva, Mountain City, Clayton,
Asheville, Glenwood, Waterville, Abbeville, Marion, Cove Creek,
Mountain Rest, Rutherfordton, Spruce Pine, Spindale, Pine Mountain,
Candler, Lavonia, Franklin Springs, Royston, Poplar, Swiss,
Micaville, Greer, Black Mountain, Dana, Busick, Seneca, Clinton,
Tuxedo, Demorest, Canon, Fork Shoals, Fero, Oakway, Ramseytown,
Hendersonville, Fletcher, Cornelia, Berea, Baldwin, and Sugar Hill
448 AM EDT Tue Aug 17 2021


The Flash Flood Watch is now in effect for

  • Portions of northeast Georgia, western North Carolina and upstate
    South Carolina, including the following areas, in northeast
    Georgia, Franklin, Habersham, Rabun and Stephens. In western North
    Carolina, Avery, Buncombe, Eastern McDowell, Greater Rutherford,
    Haywood, Henderson, McDowell Mountains, Mitchell, Northern Jackson
    and Yancey. In upstate South Carolina, Abbeville, Greater
    Greenville, Greater Oconee, Laurens and Oconee Mountains.
  • Through Wednesday morning.
  • Tropical moisture has set up over the region in advance of
    Tropical Depression Fred, and moisture will continue to increase
    across the region through the day and into tonight. As the
    remnants of Fred move northward over the southern Appalachians,
    showers and thunderstorms will become increasingly widespread and
    these will have the potential to produce excessive rainfall during
    this period. New rainfall amounts will vary widely, ranging from 2
    to 3 inches in the lower Piedmont, to 3 to 5 inches across the
    foothills, to 5 to 8 inches in many mountain locations. Isolated 8
    to 10 inch totals will be possible along the favored upslope areas
    of the eastern slopes of the extreme southern Appalachians.
  • This very heavy rainfall will push many streams, creeks, and
    rivers out of their banks and likely flood some roadways. Deep
    ponding of water of in low-lying and poor drainage areas may also
    flood some roadways. Landslides may develop along steeply sloped
    terrain, with trees sometimes falling in these zones well after
    the rainfall ends.


Rainfall of more than five inches in similar storms has been
associated with an increased risk of landslides and rockslides. 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 periods of heavy rainfall.

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