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McDowell County Emergency Management
Monday August 20th, 2018 :: 11:23 p.m. EDT


Flash Flood Warning until 02:15AM Tuesday

The National Weather Service in Greenville-Spartanburg has issued a

* Flash Flood Warning for... Northern McDowell County in western North Carolina...

* Until 215 AM EDT.

* At 1114 PM EDT, Doppler radar indicated thunderstorms producing heavy rain across the warned area. Up to 5 inches of rain have fallen since 930 PM. Flash flooding is likely occurring or will begin shortly.

* Some locations that will experience flooding include... Ashford and North Cove. The main impacts of the runoff from this heavy rain will be flooding along the North Fork Catawba River. Flooding of the Mountain Paradise Campground is likely in the Ashford area. High flows and stream levels will also be observed on tributaries such as Honeycutt Creek and Stillhouse Branch.



Excessive runoff from heavy rainfall will cause flooding of small creeks and streams, country roads, as well as farmland, drainages, and other low-lying areas. Runoff from heavy rain into creeks and streams will cause sudden increases in water levels and flows, even in areas where rainfall has been light or nonexistent. Hikers, campers and other individuals outdoors must immediately seek high ground and avoid all streams. When it is safe to do so, please report flood waters or landslides flowing over roads or threatening property to the National Weather Service by calling toll free, 1, 800, 2 6 7, 8 1 0 1, by posting on our Facebook page, or via Twitter using hashtag NWSGSP. Your message should describe the event and the specific location where it occurred, including roadways, nearby cross streets, stream names and other landmarks.

McDowell County Emergency Management
41 S Garden St
Marion, NC 28752

Emergency: 9-1-1
Non-emergencies: 828-652-3241

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Alert Details

Severe - Significant threat to life or property
Immediate - Responsive action SHOULD be taken immediately
Likely (p > ~50%)
Meteorological (inc. flood)
Flash Flood Warning

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