A Flash Flood Watch has been issued for Burke and surrounding counties until 9 p.m. Monday.
The National Weather Service of Greenville-Spartanburg, S.C., issued the Watch due to the forecast of additional showers and thunderstorms Monday. A Flash Flood Watch means that conditions may develop that lead to flash flooding.
Scattered showers and thunderstorms will develop throughout the day ahead of an approaching cold front, which will push through the area tonight. Rainfall rates of 1 to 2 inches per hour will be possible in any heavy downpour. Given wet soils and elevated stream flows from rainfall over the past few days, heavy downpours could lead to additional flooding and flash flooding, the NWS said.
In addition, runoff from the past few days of heavy rainfall will allow for continued flooding along the Catawba River in the North Carolina foothills and Piedmont through at least tonight. Isolated landslides will also be possible along the steeper slopes.
Areas expected to be impacted are Morganton, Nebo, Dysartsville, Valdese, Ingalls, Banner Elk, Newland, Bethlehem, Ellendale, Millersville, Taylorsville, Hiddenite, Stony Point, Statesville, Mooresville, Swiss, Burnsville, Celo, Micaville, Ramseytown, Busick, Mount Mitchell State Park, Spruce Pine, Poplar, Asheville, Hickory, Newton, St. Stephens, Hendersonville, Fletcher, Dana, East Flat Rock, Tuxedo, Etowah, Shelby, Kings Mountain, Lincolnton, Crouse, Gastonia, Charlotte, Huntersville, Matthews, Patterson, Kings Creek, Lenoir, Sawmills, Granite Falls, Jonas Ridge, Pleasant Grove, Ashford, Sugar Hill, Woodlawn, Old Fort, Marion, Fero, Glenwood, Lake Lure, Forest City, Rutherfordton, Spindale, Saluda, Tryon, Columbus, Lake Adger, and Mill Spring, the NWS said.
Additional rainfall amounts of one half to 1 inch, with locally higher amounts up to 2 inches are possible across the region through tonight, the NWS said. This could cause additional flash flooding to develop very quickly, especially in areas that have seen very heavy rainfall since Friday, and also in urban areas.
Flooding is ongoing across portions of western North Carolina, especially along the Catawba River in the foothills and western Piedmont. This flooding will likely continue through at least tonight. Additional heavy rainfall may worsen the flooding in these areas, the NWS said. Other areas could also see streams rise quickly, with some coming out of their banks. The possibility of isolated landslide activity will remain elevated along and near the Blue Ridge Escarpment, especially across the northern mountains, where widespread rainfall amounts in excess of 5 inches have occurred since Friday.
Flash flooding is a very dangerous situation. Residents should monitor later forecasts and be prepared to take action should Flash Flood Warnings be issued.