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Flash Flood Watch

Status

Event Continued Expired

Start Time

Thu 09/17/2020 08:00 AM EDT

End Time

Fri 09/18/2020 08:00 AM EDT

Significance

Watch

Impacts

Moderate impact

Headline

.Tropical Depression Sally will move slowly from southeast Alabama late tonight to central Georgia on Thursday, then the remnants of Sally will move across the Carolinas Thursday night and to the coast by late Friday. On this track, tropical moisture will spread over the western Carolinas and northeast Georgia tonight through Thursday night, and will interact with a frontal zone to produce widespread heavy rain showers and a few thunderstorms. Rainfall totals of 5 to 7 inches, with locally higher amounts up to 9 inches, are expected across much of Upstate South Carolina, northeast Georgia, and the foothills and western Piedmont of North Carolina.

Full Alert Message

Flood Watch National Weather Service Greenville-Spartanburg SC 1050 PM EDT Wed Sep 16 2020 .Tropical Depression Sally will move slowly from southeast Alabama late tonight to central Georgia on Thursday, then the remnants of Sally will move across the Carolinas Thursday night and to the coast by late Friday. On this track, tropical moisture will spread over the western Carolinas and northeast Georgia tonight through Thursday night, and will interact with a frontal zone to produce widespread heavy rain showers and a few thunderstorms. Rainfall totals of 5 to 7 inches, with locally higher amounts up to 9 inches, are expected across much of Upstate South Carolina, northeast Georgia, and the foothills and western Piedmont of North Carolina. GAZ010-017-018-026-028-029-NCZ036-037-056-057-062>065-068>072-082- 507>510-SCZ001>014-019-171100- /O.CON.KGSP.FF.A.0015.200917T1200Z-200918T1200Z/ /00000.0.ER.000000T0000Z.000000T0000Z.000000T0000Z.OO/ Rabun-Habersham-Stephens-Franklin-Hart-Elbert-Iredell-Davie-Catawba- Rowan-Macon-Southern Jackson-Transylvania-Henderson-Cleveland- Lincoln-Gaston-Mecklenburg-Cabarrus-Union NC-Rutherford Mountains- Greater Rutherford-Polk Mountains-Eastern Polk-Oconee Mountains- Pickens Mountains-Greenville Mountains-Greater Oconee-Greater Pickens-Greater Greenville-Spartanburg-Cherokee-York-Anderson- Abbeville-Laurens-Union SC-Chester-Greenwood- Including the cities of Shelby, Union, Indian Trail, Spartanburg, Ninety Six, Trinity, Toccoa, Clarkesville, Walhalla, Boydville, Catawba, Cashiers, Mountain Rest, Little River, Dacusville, Hickory, Kyle, Wolf Mountain, Clemson, Gowensville, Charlotte, Slater-Marietta, Newton, Canon, Tuxedo, Rock Hill, Gaffney, Ware Shoals, Nuberg, Anderson, Brevard, Kannapolis, Mountain City, Chimney Rock State Park, Rutherfordton, Highlands, Spindale, Pine Mountain, Greer, Mooresville, Mill Spring, Statesville, Chester, Dana, Seneca, Clinton, Middleton, Huntersville, Baldwin, Cornwell, Calhoun Falls, Tigerville, Greenville, Ruckersville, Crouse, Hollywood, Columbus, Lincolnton, Saluda, Great Falls, Matthews, Cedar Mountain, Fork Church, Abbeville, Lavonia, Franklin Springs, Royston, Franklin, Etowah, Concord, Tryon, Weddington, St. Stephens, Hartwell, Hendersonville, Fletcher, Cleveland, Berea, Simpsonville, Mauldin, Forest City, Farmington, Gumlog, Westminster, Pumpkintown, Taylors, East Flat Rock, Kings Mountain, Fork Shoals, Fortsonia, Clayton, Oakway, Rainbow Springs, Advance, Laurens, Gastonia, Monarch Mills, Reed Creek, Blackstock, Mocksville, Elberton, Demorest, Easley, Salisbury, Cornelia, and Monroe 1050 PM EDT Wed Sep 16 2020 ...FLASH FLOOD WATCH REMAINS IN EFFECT FROM 8 AM EDT THURSDAY THROUGH FRIDAY MORNING... The Flash Flood Watch continues for * Portions of northeast Georgia...North Carolina and upstate South Carolina, including the following areas, in northeast Georgia, Elbert, Franklin, Habersham, Hart, Rabun and Stephens. In North Carolina, Cabarrus, Catawba, Cleveland, Davie, Eastern Polk, Gaston, Greater Rutherford, Henderson, Iredell, Lincoln, Macon, Mecklenburg, Polk Mountains, Rowan, Rutherford Mountains, Southern Jackson, Transylvania and Union NC. In upstate South Carolina, Abbeville, Anderson, Cherokee, Chester, Greater Greenville, Greater Oconee, Greater Pickens, Greenville Mountains, Greenwood, Laurens, Oconee Mountains, Pickens Mountains, Spartanburg, Union SC and York. * From 8 AM EDT Thursday through Friday morning * Widespread heavy rain showers and a few thunderstorms are expected to develop across the Watch area through the overnight hours and continuing through Thursday, before gradually tapering off Thursday night into Friday. Storm total rainfall of 5 to 7 inches is expected across much of the Watch area over a 24 to 30 hour period. A few locations could see rainfall approach or exceed 9 inches. * This amount of rain will produce areas of flash flooding along smaller streams, creeks, and in urban areas. Rain bands producing torrential rainfall rates may result in localized amounts around 9 inches and significant flash flooding. In addition to flash flooding, at least minor main stem river flooding is likely, especially along the Saluda River and South Fork Catawba River in Upstate South Carolina. PRECAUTIONARY/PREPAREDNESS ACTIONS... A Flash Flood Watch means there is a potential for rapid onset flooding based on current forecasts. Flash flooding is a very dangerous situation and may impact areas that do not typically flood. Please monitor the latest forecasts and be prepared to take action quickly should Flash Flood Warnings be issued. 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 along mountain roads during periods of heavy rainfall. &&