Caldwell Mountains Severe Watches & Warnings NOAA Weather Radio

Flash Flood Watch
Statement as of 8:21 PM EDT on October 03, 2015

... Flash Flood Watch remains in effect through Monday morning...

The Flash Flood Watch continues for

* portions of northeast Georgia... western North Carolina and
upstate South Carolina... including the following areas... in
northeast Georgia... Habersham and Rabun. In western North
Carolina... Avery... Buncombe... Burke mountains... Caldwell
mountains... eastern McDowell... eastern Polk... Graham... greater
Burke... greater Caldwell... greater Rutherford... Haywood...
Henderson... Macon... Madison... McDowell Mountains... Mitchell...
northern Jackson... Polk mountains... Rutherford mountains...
southern Jackson... Swain... Transylvania and Yancey. In upstate
South Carolina... Greenville mountains... Oconee mountains and
Pickens mountains.

* Through Monday morning

* rain will persist through Sunday as tropical moisture from
Hurricane Joaquin off the Atlantic coast wraps into a low
pressure system over the southeast United States.

* Additional rainfall totals of 1 to 3 inches are expected across
the mountains. These periods of very heavy rainfall are expected
to produce flash flooding along smaller creeks and streams...
with significant flash flooding possible... especially in areas
that already received heavy rain in recent days. In addition...
heavy runoff on already saturated mountain terrain can trigger
landslides and mudslides... especially in places prone to slope
movement in the past. Flooding will also likely develop along
the main Stem rivers and possibly persist into early next week.
People living near streams should monitor the situation closely
through the weekend. Now is the time to decide what to do if
threatened by flood waters.

Precautionary/preparedness actions...

A Flash Flood Watch means that conditions may develop that lead
to flash flooding. Flash flooding is a very dangerous situation.

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.

You should monitor later forecasts and be prepared to take action
should flash flood warnings be issued. Consider postponing travel
if possible. If you must travel... never drive through flooded
roadways. Turn around... dont drown.

Wind Advisory
Statement as of 8:24 PM EDT on October 03, 2015

... Wind Advisory remains in effect until 8 am EDT Monday...

* locations... northeast Georgia... upstate South Carolina... and
western North Carolina.

* Hazards... strong wind gusts will combine with saturated soils to
create the possibility of numerous downed trees and power lines.

* Timing... strong easterly winds will continue across the area
tonight... before very slowly abating by late Sunday.

* Winds... northeast 15 to 25 mph with gusts up to 40 mph.

* Impacts... saturated soils from recent... ongoing... and upcoming
heavy rainfall may weaken root systems and allow strong wind
gusts to knock down numerous trees. The falling trees may
result in power outages... block roadways... and pose a hazard
to life and property.

Precautionary/preparedness actions...

A Wind Advisory means that winds of 35 mph are expected. Winds
this strong can make driving difficult... especially for high
profile vehicles. Use extra caution. Keep an eye on nearby trees
when heavy showers move through... especially those east or
northeast of your home.

Record Report
Statement as of 2:37 am EDT on October 04, 2015

... Record daily maximum rainfall set at Asheville NC...

A record rainfall of 2.23 inches was set at Asheville NC today. This
breaks the old record of 1.66 set in 1961.

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