Flash Flood Watch in Effect this Weekend

The National Weather Service in Blacksburg has issued a Flash Flood Watch for portions of North Carolina and southwest Virginia, including the following areas, in North Carolina, Alleghany NC, Ashe, Caswell, Rockingham, Stokes, Surry, Watauga, Wilkes, and Yadkin. In southwest Virginia, Carroll, Floyd, Grayson, and Patrick.

* From Saturday morning through Monday evening heavy rain from Florence will lead to flash flooding across the area, especially by Saturday afternoon and evening into Monday. 5 to 10 inches of rain are expected, with locally higher amounts of a foot or more possible along the Blue Ridge.

* Life-threatening flash flooding may develop as heavy rain bands occur this weekend into Monday. Streams and creeks may rise quickly during heavy rain and flood. Larger rivers eventually may rise to flood stage as well.

* Rainfall of more than five inches in similar storms has been associated with an increased risk of landslides and rock slides. 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 the period of heavy rainfall.

PRECAUTIONARY/PREPAREDNESS ACTIONS…

A Flash Flood Watch means that conditions may develop that lead to flash flooding. Flash flooding is a VERY DANGEROUS SITUATION. Remember…TURN AROUND…DON’T DROWN!

You should monitor later forecasts and be prepared to take action should Flash Flood Warnings be issued.