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Flash flood watch issued across our region through Thursday

STAFF REPORT • Feb 4, 2020 at 4:29 PM

MORRISTOWN — The National Weather Service in Morristown issued a flash flood watch Tuesday afternoon due to heavy rainfall expected Wednesday night through Thursday evening across East Tennessee, Southwest Virginia, and Southwest North Carolina.

The NWS stated that a slow moving frontal system will bring increasing rainfall amounts to the area Wednesday night and Thursday, along with periods of showers and thunderstorms that will move from southwest to northeast across the area.

According to the NWS, rainfall amounts of 2-4 inches with isolated amounts up to 5 inches are possible. With the saturated soils from the wet winter, this amount of rainfall could lead to flash flooding across the region.

People in the flash flooding watch area should be aware of the possibility of heavy rainfall, avoid low-lying areas, and be careful when approaching highway dips and underpasses.

A flash flood watch means that conditions may develop that lead to flash flooding. Flash flooding is a very dangerous situation. You should monitor later forecasts and be prepared to take quick action if flooding is observed or a flash flood warning is issued.

If you come to a closed or flooded road, “Turn around! Don’t drown”.

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