Flash Flood Watch issued May 27 at 10:49PM EDT until May 29 at 8:00AM EDT by NWS Greenville-Spartanburg
...ABUNDANT TROPICAL MOISTURE WILL RAISE THE RISK OF FLASH FLOODING AND MOUNTAIN LANDSLIDES STARTING TONIGHT... .Deep tropical moisture associated with a fetch of air off the Gulf of Mexico and the Atlantic Ocean will set up over the western Carolinas and northeast Georgia late tonight. This moisture will get further reinforced by the remnants of Alberto as it moves northward across the Deep South on Tuesday. The resulting heavy rain showers and embedded thunderstorms across the region will fall on ground already saturated by heavy rain over the past 7 to 10 days. This will greatly heighten the risk of flash flooding, main stem river flooding, and landslides. ...FLASH FLOOD WATCH REMAINS IN EFFECT THROUGH TUESDAY 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, 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 Tuesday morning * Abundant tropical moisture will arrive over the western Carolinas and northeast Georgia tonight and persist through the early part of the week. Rainfall totals around the region this week will likely reach or exceed 3 to 6 inches, with some 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 7 to 10 days. * Flash flooding of streams and creeks could 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.
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; Yancey
Issued by: NWS Greenville-Spartanburg (Western North Carolina and Northwest South Carolina)
Photo for May 28, 2018
Sandy Lassen sends this photo. Sandy says "Everybody likes a lake view! We've lived on Ashe Lake for 30 years and this was our first bear. He arrived for Memorial Day weekend, ate a hearty breakfast of birdseed, slid down the 16 foot deck support and sauntered away." Thanks!
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