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Flash Flood Watch

Statement as of 10:49 PM EDT on May 27, 2018

Expires 8:00 AM EDT on May 29, 2018


... Flash Flood Watch remains in effect through Tuesday 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, 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.

* Through Tuesday morning

* abundant tropical moisture will arrive over the western
Carolinas and northeast Georgia tonight and persist through
the early part of the week. Rainfall totals around the region
this week will likely reach or exceed 3 to 6 inches, with some
locations along the eastern and southern slopes of the
southern Appalachians seeing 6 to 8 inches. Locally heavier
rainfall will be possible in locations that see repeated
rounds of thunderstorms where rainfall rates could reach 1 to
2 inches per hour in the heaviest downpours. This heavy rain
will fall on ground already saturated by rainfall over the
past 7 to 10 days.

* Flash flooding of streams and creeks could develop very
quickly under these circumstances. Landslides will be quite
possible, especially in mountainous terrain known to be prone
to landslides, and even along some steep slopes where
landslides have not occurred for many years. Main Stem river
flooding will be quite likely as well, especially along rivers
in the southern and central North Carolina mountains such as
the French Broad River, the Tuckasegee River, and the little
Tennessee River.

Precautionary/preparedness actions...

A Flash Flood Watch means that conditions may develop that lead
to flash flooding. Flash flooding is a very dangerous situation.
Make plans now to avoid travel during the peak of the heavy
rainfall. Also have plans on where to flee to higher ground if
flash flooding affects your location.

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 on
mountain roads during the period of heavy rainfall.

You should monitor later forecasts and be prepared to take action
should flash flood warnings be issued.





Public Information Statement

Statement as of 10:43 PM EDT on May 27, 2018

Expires 10:45 AM EDT on May 28, 2018


... Increased threat of landslides and debris flows across the
mountains and foothills late tonight through Thursday...

Rain is expected to develop across the western Carolinas and
northeast Georgia tonight as deep tropical moisture associated
with a fetch of air off the Gulf of Mexico and the Atlantic Ocean
arrives. This moisture will get further reinforced by the
remnants of Alberto as it moves northward across the deep south on
Tuesday. Periods of heavy rain are likely, especially on Monday
morning and then again during the middle of the week. The heavy
rain may result in significant flooding along creeks and streams.

Recent rainfall over the past seven to ten days has raised the
threat of slope failures and landslides, should the heavy rain
develop as expected. Rainfall totals around the region this week
will likely reach or exceed 3 to 6 inches, with some locations
along the eastern and southern slopes of the southern Appalachians
seeing 6 to 8 inches. Locally heavier rainfall will be possible
in locations that see repeated rounds of thunderstorms, where
rainfall rates could reach 1 to 2 inches per hour in the heaviest
downpours. Rainfall of five inches or more in similar storms has
been associated with the increased risk of landslides and
Rockslides.

Landslides, including fast-moving debris flows consisting of
water, mud, Falling Rocks, trees, and other large debris,
are most likely within small valleys that drain steep slopes.
Landslides are powerful and potentially deadly, capabale of
washing out roads, bridges, and homes. People living in areas
prone to landslides should be aware of the danger and be prepared
to act.

Here are recommended actions to consider both ahead of the storm
and when the heavy rain begins.

Before the storm:

1. 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. Identify a sturdy shelter on
higher ground such as a well-built home, church or school.

2. Stay alert. Monitor NOAA Weather Radio or local media for
possible flash flood warnings.

During the storm:

1. Avoid driving near steep slopes or crossing stream
valleys, particularly at night. Never try to drive across a
flooded Road. Potential hazards to drivers include washed-out
roads, bridges, and falling or flowing large debris. Turn
around, don't drown!

2. Immediately move away from steep slopes and small streams in
steep valleys. Seek Refuge on higher ground away from streams,
preferably in a sturdy shelter.

3. Stay alert. Many landslide fatalities occur when people are
sleeping. Be aware that short intense bursts of rainfall are most
likely to cause landslides.

4. Keep tuned to NOAA Weather Radio or local media for the latest
warnings and statements regarding this potentially dangerous
weather event.

More information on safety and preparedness for potential
landslides can be found at:landslides.USGS.Gov/learn/prepare.Php

For general flood safety and preparation advice, please visit:
www.Ready.Gov/floods

Additional weather information and updates on this potentially
dangerous weather situation can be found at:
www.Weather.Gov/gsp


1043 PM EDT sun may 27 2018

... Increased threat of landslides and debris flows across the
mountains and foothills late tonight through Thursday...

Rain is expected to develop across the western Carolinas and
northeast Georgia tonight as deep tropical moisture associated
with a fetch of air off the Gulf of Mexico and the Atlantic Ocean
arrives. This moisture will get further reinforced by the
remnants of Alberto as it moves northward across the deep south on
Tuesday. Periods of heavy rain are likely, especially on Monday
morning and then again during the middle of the week. The heavy
rain may result in significant flooding along creeks and streams.

Recent rainfall over the past seven to ten days has raised the
threat of slope failures and landslides, should the heavy rain
develop as expected. Rainfall totals around the region this week
will likely reach or exceed 3 to 6 inches, with some locations
along the eastern and southern slopes of the southern Appalachians
seeing 6 to 8 inches. Locally heavier rainfall will be possible
in locations that see repeated rounds of thunderstorms, where
rainfall rates could reach 1 to 2 inches per hour in the heaviest
downpours. Rainfall of five inches or more in similar storms has
been associated with the increased risk of landslides and
Rockslides.

Landslides, including fast-moving debris flows consisting of
water, mud, Falling Rocks, trees, and other large debris,
are most likely within small valleys that drain steep slopes.
Landslides are powerful and potentially deadly, capabale of
washing out roads, bridges, and homes. People living in areas
prone to landslides should be aware of the danger and be prepared
to act.

Here are recommended actions to consider both ahead of the storm
and when the heavy rain begins.

Before the storm:

1. 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. Identify a sturdy shelter on
higher ground such as a well-built home, church or school.

2. Stay alert. Monitor NOAA Weather Radio or local media for
possible flash flood warnings.

During the storm:

1. Avoid driving near steep slopes or crossing stream
valleys, particularly at night. Never try to drive across a
flooded Road. Potential hazards to drivers include washed-out
roads, bridges, and falling or flowing large debris. Turn
around, don't drown!

2. Immediately move away from steep slopes and small streams in
steep valleys. Seek Refuge on higher ground away from streams,
preferably in a sturdy shelter.

3. Stay alert. Many landslide fatalities occur when people are
sleeping. Be aware that short intense bursts of rainfall are most
likely to cause landslides.

4. Keep tuned to NOAA Weather Radio or local media for the latest
warnings and statements regarding this potentially dangerous
weather event.

More information on safety and preparedness for potential
landslides can be found at:landslides.USGS.Gov/learn/prepare.Php

For general flood safety and preparation advice, please visit:
www.Ready.Gov/floods

Additional weather information and updates on this potentially
dangerous weather situation can be found at:
www.Weather.Gov/gsp



Flash Flood Watch

Statement as of 10:49 PM EDT on May 27, 2018

Expires 8:00 AM EDT on May 29, 2018


... Flash Flood Watch remains in effect through Tuesday 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, 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.

* Through Tuesday morning

* abundant tropical moisture will arrive over the western
Carolinas and northeast Georgia tonight and persist through
the early part of the week. Rainfall totals around the region
this week will likely reach or exceed 3 to 6 inches, with some
locations along the eastern and southern slopes of the
southern Appalachians seeing 6 to 8 inches. Locally heavier
rainfall will be possible in locations that see repeated
rounds of thunderstorms where rainfall rates could reach 1 to
2 inches per hour in the heaviest downpours. This heavy rain
will fall on ground already saturated by rainfall over the
past 7 to 10 days.

* Flash flooding of streams and creeks could develop very
quickly under these circumstances. Landslides will be quite
possible, especially in mountainous terrain known to be prone
to landslides, and even along some steep slopes where
landslides have not occurred for many years. Main Stem river
flooding will be quite likely as well, especially along rivers
in the southern and central North Carolina mountains such as
the French Broad River, the Tuckasegee River, and the little
Tennessee River.

Precautionary/preparedness actions...

A Flash Flood Watch means that conditions may develop that lead
to flash flooding. Flash flooding is a very dangerous situation.
Make plans now to avoid travel during the peak of the heavy
rainfall. Also have plans on where to flee to higher ground if
flash flooding affects your location.

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 on
mountain roads during the period of heavy rainfall.

You should monitor later forecasts and be prepared to take action
should flash flood warnings be issued.





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Colorado - Fire Weather Warning , Record Report
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Hawaii - Special Statement
Idaho - Flood Warning
Illinois - Air Quality Alert , Record Report
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Iowa - Heat Advisory , Record Report
Kansas - Record Report
Louisiana -
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Michigan - Air Quality Alert , Record Report
Minnesota - Heat Advisory , Heat Advisory, Excessive Heat Watch , Air Quality Alert , Special Statement , Record Report
Mississippi - Hurricane Statement
Missouri -
Montana - Flood Warning , Areal Flood Warning , Flood Warning, Areal Flood Warning , Flood Watch , Areal Flood Watch , Areal Flood Advisory
Nebraska - Areal Flood Warning , Flash Flood Watch , Record Report
Nevada - Severe Thunderstorm Warning , Areal Flood Advisory, Flash Flood Watch , Areal Flood Advisory , Special Statement
New Jersey - Areal Flood Warning , Flood Warning , Coastal Flood Advisory
New Mexico - Fire Weather Warning , Record Report
North Carolina - Flood Warning , Flash Flood Watch , Flash Flood Watch, Flood Advisory , Coastal Hazard Statement, Flash Flood Watch , Areal Flood Advisory, Flash Flood Watch , Record Report , Public Information Statement , Public Information Statement
North Dakota - Flood Warning
Ohio - Flood Warning
Pennsylvania - Coastal Flood Advisory
South Carolina - Flood Warning , Flash Flood Watch , Coastal Hazard Statement, Flash Flood Watch , Public Information Statement
South Dakota - Severe Thunderstorm Watch , Severe Thunderstorm Warning , Severe Thunderstorm Warning , Flash Flood Watch , Special Statement
Tennessee - Areal Flood Advisory , Flash Flood Watch , Areal Flood Advisory, Flash Flood Watch
Texas - Tropical Storm Warning , Storm Surge Watch, Tropical Storm Warning , Areal Flood Advisory , Heat Advisory , Air Quality Alert , Record Report
Virginia - Flash Flood Warning , Areal Flood Warning , Areal Flood Advisory , Public Information Statement
Washington - Flood Warning
West Virginia - Flash Flood Warning , Areal Flood Warning , Public Information Statement
Wisconsin - Heat Advisory , Record Report
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