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Flash Flood Watch for Watauga County, NC, Ashe County, NC, Wilkes County, NC – Saturday August 15, 2020

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Including the cities of Wilkesboro, Yadkinville, Whitetop, Sparta,
Volney, West Jefferson, Tazewell, Wytheville, Dobson, Marion, Galax,
Boone, Bland, Independence, and Troutdale
935 PM EDT Fri Aug 14 2020

…FLASH FLOOD WATCH NOW IN EFFECT THROUGH SATURDAY EVENING…

The Flash Flood Watch is now in effect for

  • Portions of North Carolina and southwest Virginia, including the
    following areas, in North Carolina, Alleghany NC, Ashe, Surry,
    Watauga, Wilkes and Yadkin. In southwest Virginia, Bland, Carroll,
    Grayson, Smyth, Tazewell and Wythe.
  • Through Saturday evening
  • A warm front will begin to lift northward across the region
    tonight and early Saturday. Widespread showers and thunderstorms
    are expected to develop and spread northeastward over night.
    Significant rainfall is likely in many areas before daybreak, with
    another round of heavy rainfall and thunderstorms expected again
    across much of the area Saturday afternoon. Rainfall amounts of
    3-4 inches are likely in many locations, with local amounts to 5
    inches possible before daybreak Saturday. The ground is saturated
    from previous heavy rainfall during the past several days and
    flash flooding is likely.
  • Creeks and streams may come out of their banks and flood roadways
    and possibly some homes and businesses near streams or in
    low-lying areas. Some roads could become impassable. Business
    and homes in low-lying flood prone areas could become flooded by
    morning.

PRECAUTIONARY/PREPAREDNESS ACTIONS…

Do not enter or cross flowing water or water of unknown depth.

Stay away or be swept away. River banks and culverts can become
unstable and unsafe.

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