Flash Flood Watch in Western North Carolina
Hurricane Florence will move onshore this morning, slowly progressing westward across the Carolinas later today 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.
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 I 77 corridor.
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. 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.
The alert area covers Alexander, Cabarrus, Catawba, Cleveland, Davie, Gaston, Iredell, Lincoln, Mecklenburg, Rowan, Union
The flood watch remains in effect from Saturday morning through Monday evening.