The National Weather Service in Greenville-Spartanburg has issued a flood warning for Burke County and eastern McDowell County until 8.30pm. At 4:23 pm, the Doppler radar pointed to a series of heavy rains that repeatedly produced rains and thunderstorms stretching from Glenwood to Nebo in McDowell County to Ashford and Table Rock in Burke County. These rainfalls caused rainfall of 1 to 1.5 inches per hour, and these heavy rains are likely to continue until at least 19 o'clock. Flash flooding is likely to develop in the warning area in the early evening.
Some places that will experience flooding are Morganton, Marion, Glen Alpine, James Lake State Park, Table Rock, James Lake, Nebo, Pleasant Gardens, Glenwood and Ashford. Flooding is probably affected along the Johns River north of Morganton, with Playmore Beach Road, Johns River Road and possibly low areas along the Corpening Bridge Road.
Most flood deaths occur in vehicles. Do not try to cross water-covered roads, bridges or low crossings. Only a few centimeters of fast flowing water can carry your vehicle away. It is not worth the risk.
If safe to do so, report floods or landslides flowing over roads or threatening National Weather Service property by calling toll-free number 1
The NWS also issued a special weather statement for a torrential rainstorm that will affect southwestern Burke. southeastern McDowell and northeastern Rutherford counties until 4:45 pm
At 4:11 pm, Doppler radar tracked a series of heavy rainfall producing showers and thunderstorms developing about miles north of Rutherfordton, northeastern at 15 miles per hour
will be Rutherfordton, Forest City, James Lake State Park, Spindale, Lake James, South Mountain State Park, Nebo, Green Hill, Thermal City and Glenwood.
Wind gusts up to 35 miles per hour and very heavy rains of 1-2 inches per hour will be possible in these areas. Expect deep damming of water in low-lying areas.
The combination of gusty winds and saturated soil conditions will cause isolated trees and power lines to fall.
Torrential rains can flood areas with poor drainage such as ditches and underpasses. Avoid these areas and do not cross flooded streets. Water levels of small streams can also increase rapidly. Looking for higher ground when threatened by flooding.