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Flood Watch
Issued: 3:37 PM May. 26, 2022 – National Weather Service
...FLOOD WATCH REMAINS IN EFFECT THROUGH FRIDAY MORNING...

* WHAT...Flash flooding caused by excessive rainfall continues to be
possible.

* WHERE...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,
Avery, Buncombe, Burke Mountains, Caldwell Mountains, Eastern
McDowell, Eastern Polk, Graham, Greater Burke, Greater Caldwell,
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.

* WHEN...Through Friday morning.

* IMPACTS...Excessive runoff may result in flooding of rivers,
creeks, streams, and other low-lying and flood-prone locations.

* ADDITIONAL DETAILS...
- Widespread rain with embedded thunderstorms will continue
across the mountains and foothills today into tonight with
rainfall amounts up to 4 inches in the southerly upslope
areas. Some locations could receive up to 6 inches of rain.
Rainfall amounts of 2 to 3 inches have already fallen from
Clayton Georgia to Lake Toxaway North Carolina. Lesser
amounts are expected along the Tennessee border. Although it
had been relatively dry this month, rainfall over the last
several days has increased the soil moisture and raised the
threat for enough runoff to lead to flash flooding in the
Watch area.
- For flood safety information, please see
http://www.weather.gov/safety/flood

PRECAUTIONARY/PREPAREDNESS ACTIONS...

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.

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