Greater Rutherford Severe Watches & Warnings NOAA Weather Radio

Flash Flood Watch
Statement as of 3:36 AM EDT en Octubre 04, 2015

... Flash Flood Watch remains in effect through Monday 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... Habersham and Rabun. In western North
Carolina... Buncombe... eastern McDowell... eastern Polk...
Graham... 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 Monday morning

* rain will persist today as tropical moisture continues to wrap
westward from the Atlantic coast into the southern Appalachians.
The precipitation will gradually diminish from the west tonight.

* Additional rainfall totals of 1 to 2 inches are expected across
the mountains... with locally higher amounts possible along the
eastern slopes. This heavy rainfall... impacting locations where
the ground is already saturated and streams and rivers are
running quite high... may produce flash flooding along smaller
creeks and streams. In addition... heavy runoff on already
saturated mountain terrain can trigger landslides and
mudslides... especially in places where slope movement has
occurred in the past. Flooding will also likely develop and
persist along a few main Stem rivers. People living near streams
should monitor the situation closely and be prepared to seek
higher ground if threatened by flood waters.

Precautionary/preparedness actions...

A Flash Flood Watch means that conditions may develop that lead
to flash flooding. Flash flooding is a very dangerous situation.

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.

You should monitor later forecasts and be prepared to take action
should flash flood warnings be issued. Consider postponing travel
if possible. If you must travel... never drive through flooded
roadways. Turn around... dont drown.

Wind Advisory
Statement as of 3:55 AM EDT en Octubre 04, 2015

... Wind Advisory remains in effect until 8 am EDT Monday...

* locations... northeast Georgia... upstate South Carolina... and
western North Carolina.

* Hazards... strong wind gusts will combine with saturated soils to
knock down numerous trees and power lines.

* Timing... strong east to northeast winds will continue across the
area today... before very slowly diminishing tonight.

* Winds... northeast 15 to 25 mph with gusts up to 40 mph.

* Impacts... saturated soils from recent and ongoing heavy
rainfall may weaken root systems and allow strong wind gusts to
knock down numerous trees. The falling trees may result in power
outages... block roadways... and pose a hazard to life and

Precautionary/preparedness actions...

A Wind Advisory means that winds of 35 mph are expected. Winds
this strong can make driving difficult... especially for high
profile vehicles. Use extra caution. Keep an eye on nearby trees
when heavy showers move through... especially those east or
northeast of your home.


Record Report
Statement as of 2:37 am EDT on October 04, 2015

... Record daily maximum rainfall set at Asheville NC...

A record rainfall of 2.23 inches was set at Asheville NC today. This
breaks the old record of 1.66 set in 1961.