FLASH FLOOD WATCH NOW IN EFFECT THROUGH THURSDAY MORNING…

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, 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 Thursday morning

* Abundant tropical moisture arriving across the mountains and
foothills will likely persist through at least mid week.
Rainfall totals from the heavy tropica l showers and embedded
thunderstorms should reach 3 to 6 inches by Thursday, with many
locations along the eastern and southern slopes of the southern
Appalachians seeing 6 to 8 inches. Locally heavier rainfall will
be possible in locations that see repeated rounds of
thunderstorms, where rainfall rates could reach 1 to 2 inches
per hour in the heaviest downpours. This heavy rain will fall on
ground already saturated by rainfall over the past two weeks.

* Flash flooding of streams and creeks may develop very quickly
under these circumstances. Landslides will be quite possible,
especially in mountainous terrain known to be prone to
landslides, and even along some steep slopes where landslides
have not occurred for many years. Main stem river flooding
will be quite likely as well, especially along rivers in the
southern and central North Carolina mountains such as the
French Broad River, the Tuckasegee River, and the Little
Tennessee River.

PRECAUTIONARY/PREPAREDNESS ACTIONS…

A Flash Flood Watch means that conditions may develop that lead
to flash flooding. Flash flooding is a very dangerous situation.
Make plans now to avoid travel during the peak of the heavy
rainfall. Also have plans on where to flee to higher ground if
flash flooding affects your location.

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 on
mountain roads during the period of heavy rainfall today through
Wednesday.

You should monitor later forecasts and be prepared to take actio n
should Flash Flood Warnings be issued.