Flash Flood Watch until 08:00AM Tuesday

Hurricane Florence will move inland Friday, slowly progressing westward across the Carolinas through early next week. The storm will gradually weaken over the region, though heavy rain will continue even after winds taper off. Soils will become saturated and flash flooding is likely to develop. The National Weather Service in Greenville-Spartanburg has issued a 

* Flash Flood Watch for portions of North Carolina and upstate South Carolina, including the following areas, in North Carolina, Alexander, Avery, Buncombe, Burke Mountains, Cabarrus, Caldwell Mountains, Catawba, Cleveland, Davie, Eastern McDowell, Eastern Polk, Gaston, Greater Burke, Greater Caldwell, Greater Rutherford, Haywood, Henderson, Iredell, Lincoln, Madison, McDowell Mountains, Mecklenburg, Mitchell, Northern Jackson, Polk Mountains, Rowan, Rutherford Mountains, Southern Jackson, Transylvania, Union, and Yancey. In upstate South Carolina, Abbeville, Anderson, Cherokee, Chester , Greater Greenville, Greater Oconee, Greater Pickens, Greenville Mountains, Greenwood, Laurens, Oconee Mountains, Pickens Mountains, Spartanburg, Union, and York.

* from Saturday morning through Tuesday morning

* Heavy rain from Hurricane Florence and its later remnants will lead to flash flooding across much of the area. 6 to 10 inches of rain generally are expected, with isolated amounts up to 15 inches, particularly along the east and south sides of mountain ridges, including the Blue Ridge Escarpment.

* Life-threatening flash flooding may develop as heavy rain bands occur this weekend into early next week, especially where the rain falls on soils left saturated by earlier rainfall. A few landslides can be expected in the mountains and foothills. Streams and creeks may rise quickly during heavy rain and flood nearby low-lying areas. Larger rivers eventually may rise to flood stage as well.

* AFFECTED AREAS: GREENWOOD … ANDERSO N … ALEXANDER … MCDOWELL MOUNTAINS … RUTHERFORD MOUNTAINS … HAYWOOD … LINCOLN … YORK … CATAWBA … GREATER CALDWELL … LAURENS … TRANSYLVANIA … MECKLENBURG … CHEROKEE … GREATER PICKENS … AVERY … UNION … NORTHERN JACKSON … GREATER BURKE … EASTERN POLK … YANCEY … POLK MOUNTAINS … GREENVILLE MOUNTAINS … HENDERSON … ABBEVILLE … IREDELL … CLEVELAND … GREATER GREENVILLE … SOUTHERN JACKSON … ROWAN … EASTERN MCDOWELL … OCONEE MOUNTAINS … GASTON … CABARRUS … GREATER OCONEE … BURKE MOUNTAINS … MADISON … SPARTANBURG … CHESTER … PICKENS MOUNTAINS … DAVIE … CALDWELL MOUNTAINS … MITCHELL … UNION … GREATER RUTHERFORD … BUNCOMBE

Instructions:

A Flash Flood Watch means that conditions may develop that lead to flash flooding. Flash flooding is a very dangerous situation. You should monitor later forecasts and be prepared to take action should Flash Flood Warnings be issued.