Flash flood watch in effect through Monday; 4-8 inches of rain expected

The latest from the National Weather Service:

Hurricane Florence will slowly track inland this evening and
into South Carolina tonight into Saturday, before turning
northwest across the southern Appalachians Sunday, and heading
into the central Appalachians Monday. With soils saturated or
becoming saturated, the threat of flash flooding is likely to
develop later this weekend into Monday.

..FLASH FLOOD WATCH REMAINS IN EFFECT FROM 8 AM EDT SATURDAY
THROUGH MONDAY EVENING...

The Flash Flood Watch continues for

* Portions of North Carolina and Virginia, including the
  following areas, in North Carolina, Alleghany NC, Ashe,
  Caswell, Rockingham, Stokes, Surry, Watauga, Wilkes, and
  Yadkin. In Virginia, Carroll, Floyd, Franklin, Grayson,
  Halifax, Henry, Montgomery, Patrick, Pittsylvania, Pulaski,
  Roanoke, Smyth, and Wythe.

* From 8 AM EDT Saturday through Monday evening

* Heavy rain from Florence will lead to flash flooding across
  the area, especially by Saturday afternoon and evening into
  Monday. 4 to 8 inches of rain are expected, with locally
  higher amounts of 10 inches or more possible along the Blue
  Ridge.

* Life-threatening flash flooding may develop as heavy rain
  bands occur this weekend into Monday. Streams and creeks may
  rise quickly during heavy rain and flood.

* As the excessive rainfall occurs across the headwaters of the
  larger rivers, moderate to perhaps major flooding could occur
  especially along the New, Roanoke and Dan Rivers Sunday night
  into early next week.

* Rainfall of more than five inches in similar storms has been
  associated with an increased risk of landslides and rock slides.
  If you live in locations closer to the mountains and
  foothills...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 the period of heavy rainfall.


PRECAUTIONARY/PREPAREDNESS ACTIONS...

A Flash Flood Watch means that conditions may develop that lead
to flash flooding. Flash flooding is a VERY DANGEROUS SITUATION.
Remember...TURN AROUND...DON`T DROWN!

You should monitor later forecasts and be prepared to take action
should Flash Flood Warnings be issued.

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