National Weather Service in GSP has extended the Flood Warning

Advisory: The National Weather Service in GSP has extended the Flood Warning for McDowell County until 4:30 AM.

The National Weather Service in Greenville-Spartanburg has extended
the

* Flood Warning for…
McDowell County in western North Carolina…
Rutherford County in western North Carolina…
Caldwell County in western North Carolina…
Burke County in western North Carolina…

* Until 430 AM EDT Thursday.

* At 1024 PM EDT, Doppler radar indicated thunderstorms producing
heavy rain moving northward across the foothills of North
Carolina. Up to one and one half inch of rain has fallen since 6
PM. Emergency management officials reported that flooding
continues along many small streams and rivers across the foothills
of North Carolina. Stream gauges also indicate that flooding is
ongoing.

Two debris flows have been reported in northern McDowell County
along the Linville River basin, along US Highway 221 north and along
NC highway 226 in the Woodlawn community.< br />
Additional rainfall amounts of one inch are possible in the warned
area through late this evening, which will would keep water levels
high and might keep some streams from receding. Conditions might get
worse in some locations as the flood wave moves down into the main
stem rivers. Additional heavy rain could bring a resurgence of
flooding to some locations.

PRECAUTIONARY/PREPAREDNESS ACTIONS…

Runoff from heavy rain into creeks and streams will cause sudden
increases in water levels and flows, even in areas where rainfall has
been light or nonexistent. Hikers, campers and other individuals
outdoors must immediately seek high ground and avoid all streams.

The additional heavy rain will increase the risk of landslides,
especially in areas where slides have occurred in the past. Be
especially alert if you are near a stream, especially at the base of
a mountain or in a cove. Watch f or loose-moving soil and rocks or a
sudden increase in streamflow. Leave the area quickly if this is
observed. When driving along roads where the terrain is steep or
rocky, watch and listen for falling rocks, mud, trees and other
debris.