Strong storms across Carolinas this week could bring flooding, 50 mph winds, frequent lightning
The Carolinas are expected to get a drenching this week as thunderstorms and heavy rain showers move in.
Those storms will bring with them the possibility of flooding, 50 mph wind gusts, frequent lightning, hail and other hazards, the National Weather Service said on Sunday.
In a series of hazardous weather outlooks issued on Sunday for areas across North and South Carolina and into Virginia, the weather service forecast very heavy rain and local flooding, with strong storms reaching wind speeds of 50 mph and frequent lightning.
Periods of showers and thunderstorms from Monday through Saturday were expected to bring locally heavy rainfall that could cause flooding.
Most of the storms will begin in the afternoon and evening, the weather service said.
The storm system is the result of a deep upper low-pressure area lingering across the mid-Atlantic region, the weather service said.
Some parts of North Carolina had already gotten up to 4 inches of rain by Sunday, the weather service’s Raleigh office said.
Upstate South Carolina and the Columbia and Myrtle Beach areas’ greatest threats from storms this week will be deadly cloud-to-ground lightning, heavy rain and possibly damaging winds and large hail, the weather service said Sunday.
Ocean conditions were expected to be rough this week, with winds strengthening currents, the weather service said.
A moderate risk of rip currents was forecast up and down the coast of the Carolinas on Sunday.
“Longshore currents can sweep swimmers and surfers into rip currents, piers, jetties, and other hazardous areas. Often, if the longshore current is strong enough, it will sweep swimmers off their feet, making it difficult to return to shore,” the weather service said. “Caution should be used when in or near the water. Check with the lifeguards before entering the ocean for possible hazards you may be swept into.”
See just how hot it will get in the Charlotte region this week and when we’re most likely to get showers and thunderstorms in the area.
CHARLOTTE, NC — A severe thunderstorm watch is in effect for the Charlotte metro region until 10 p.m. Monday due to a line of severe thunderstorms with potentially damaging winds expected in the region, according to the National Weather Service.
The isolated scattered storms become possible Monday afternoon, bringing with them potentially damaging winds and large hail, NWS said in a Hazardous Weather Outlook bulletin June 25. Dangerous cloud-to-ground lightning and brief heavy rain could also be expected, it said.
The work week is off to a hot start, with Monday’s high expected to reach 92. Temperatures will cool off significantly by Tuesday, when the high is expected to stay around 84 degrees thanks to cloud cover that will also likely bring rain to the region.
Enjoy the reprieve while you can. By mid week, temperatures will be back to around d95 degrees.
Today (June 25) Scattered showers and thunderstorms, mainly after 3pm. Partly sunny, with a high near 92. Light north northeast wind. Chance of precipitation is 30%. New rainfall amounts between a quarter and half of an inch possible. Tonight Showers and thunderstorms likely before 1am, then a chance of showers. Some storms could be severe, with damaging winds. Cloudy, with a low around 72. East wind 5 to 8 mph. Chance of precipitation is 70%. New rainfall amounts between a half and three quarters of an inch possible. Tuesday (June 26) A chance of showers, with thunderstorms also possible after 10am. Mostly cloudy, with a high near 84. Northeast wind 5 to 7 mph. Chance of precipitation is 50%. New rainfall amounts between a tenth and quarter of an inch, except higher amounts possible in thunderstorms. Tuesday Night A slight chance of showers and thunderstorms. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 70. East wind 3 to 6 mph. Chance of precipitation is 20%. Wednesday (June 27) A slight chance of showers, then a chance of showers and thunderstorms after 7am. Partly sunny, with a high near 90. Calm wind becoming southwest around 5 mph in the afternoon. Chance of precipitation is 40%. Wednesday Night A 40 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms, mainly before 1am. Partly cloudy, with a low around 73. Thursday (June 28) Mostly sunny, with a high near 95. Thursday Night Partly cloudy, with a low around 74. Friday (June 29) Mostly sunny, with a high near 95. Friday Night Partly cloudy, with a low around 74. Saturday (June 30) Mostly sunny, with a high near 94. Saturday Night Partly cloudy, with a low around 74. Sunday (July 1) Mostly sunny, with a high near 94.
Synopsis: Youths must participate in a televised fight-to-the-death until only one remains.
Filming in the area included Charlotte, Shelby and Concord.
The Philip Morris Cabarrus Plant in Concord was used for scenes from the capitol and The Knight Theater was where pre-game interviews were filmed. The tributes’ entrance was filmed at the Charlotte Convention Center.
Synopsis: Hal only dates women who are physically beautiful, until a self-help guru helps him see inner beauty.
Filming in the area included Charlotte and Concord.
Hal’s apartment in the movie was filmed in Concord. The Capital Grill and Bank of America Headquarters were also featured in the film. Hal ponders his dating choices in Freedom Park and he shares a shake with Rosemary at Pike’s Soda Shop.
Synopsis: Carrie Mathison, a CIA operations officer, suspects an American prisoner has been converted to Al-Qaeda.
Filming in the area included Charlotte, Concord and Mooresville.
The cabin where Carrie and Brody shared a love scene is in Mooresville. Carrie’s apartment is on Poplar Street in Charlotte. Saul’s house is on Mountainbrook Road. The newsroom scene was filmed in the former Charlotte Observer newsroom.
HENDERSON COUNTY, N.C. — This heat wave brings challenges for area farmers still recovering from one of the wettest months of May on record.
Mountain farmers may have dodged the downpours but now comes the heat.
Some are dealing with problems like fields overgrown with weeds and not yet planted.
It’s a mixed bag at North River Farms in Henderson County. Water is being pumped to irrigate tomatoes just recently drowned by heavy rain but now showing signs of a little wilt in the scorching sun.
“It’s good currently, but we’re kind of on the end of where the heat is going to help us,” North River Farms assistant manager Will Roske said.
In some cases you replant, in others, you cut your losses.
Some fields are now dry enough to be picked, gathering the fruits and vegetables that weathered the 20 inches of rain that fell there.
A field of celery at North River Farms is finally dry enough to be picked. But it and rows of strawberries that were knocked to the ground by the weight of rain are facing another problem — pests.
“We’ve had more slugs because of all the water and all the moisture, so it’s been not only do we get rotten berries, we also get more animal damage,” Roske said.
And there’s field corn that provides evidence of the threat hot sun can eventually bring.
“It’s good in the initial because it helps dry out the ground and helps the crops kind of recover,” Roske said. “But, if it gets too dry and too kind of hot, you’ll see corn start to roll and it’ll start to damage the crops that way.”
The threat rain came again Monday, coming during a trip to the hay fields, where the harvest is already two to three weeks behind schedule.
“Any sustained rainfall will cause it to mold. Horses can’t eat moldly hay, because it makes them sick,” Roske said.
Because the hay harvest is behind and clients are waiting, that part of the recovery process gets priority.
“I hope it keeps going the way it’s going, maybe a little bit cooler,” Roske said. “But if it stays dry, we’ll be happy and we’ll make it work.”
That strawberry crop may not be the biggest money-maker, but it likely took the biggest hit — a loss of as many as 2,000 buckets at $12 each. That’s about $24,000.
ASHEVILLE – As flooding and rain from the remnants of subtropical storm Alberto continue to batter parts of Western North Carolina, some areas are starting to see cleanup efforts amid continued road closures Thursday.
City crews were deployed overnight to clear mud off streets, but some remained covered by water.
The North Fork Water Reservoir received over 5 inches of rain on Tuesday and Wednesday, bringing the dam to capacity and requiring a release of water on Thursday morning, the city stated in a release.
And the rain is not done: A flash flood watch is in effect for most cities in WNC until early Friday morning, the National Weather Service forecasted. Even light rain could cause areas to flood again. Another round of potential downpours is expected to start in the late afternoon and last through the night, according to the weather service.
The declaration allows the state to coordinate storm response and prepare for any additional impacts. Cooper also will issue a transportation waiver to expedite the movement of utility vehicles and others engaged in relief efforts.
“Our emergency response and transportation crews have been working through the night to keep North Carolinians safe as conditions deteriorate,” Cooper said. “But this storm isn’t yet over. I’m urging people to keep a close eye on forecasts and flood watches, and asking drivers to use caution especially when traveling in our western counties.”
Cooper on Thursday will be visiting parts of counties most affected by the storms, including Polk, Rutherford and McDowell.
The damage done to the playground at Azalea Park was evident after flood waters had receded on Thursday, May 31, 2018. Angeli Wrightfirstname.lastname@example.org
Areas in West Asheville still have significant flooding from the French Broad River, the city reported Thursday morning, but the water is starting to recede.
Portions of Lyman and Riverside Drive remained closed due to the river flooding, the city of Asheville reported. Glendale Bridge and Azalea Road also remained closed.
Swannanoa River Road was expected to reopen this morning, according to N.C. Department of Transportation.
In McDowell County, U.S. 221 and N.C. 226 reopened after mudslides and flash floods closed the primary roads for two days. In Old Fort, 10 road closures were affecting commuters.
Black Mountain water contamination advisory
The entire town of Black Mountain has been put under a boil water advisory until further notice because of a water main break caused by storming, reported the Black Mountain Utility District on Thursday morning.
This is the second break in 24 hours, and efforts to fix the breaks have been slow due to continued rain, the district stated in a Facebook post.
Town officials have advised residents to bring all water to a boil for at least three minutes before consuming. Residents may also face water pressure issues, as well as power outages.
“When water systems experience low pressure or lose pressure, there is an increased risk of contamination,” Black Mountain officials said. “This does not mean that the water is contaminated, but that the possibility exists.”
Parks and shelters
Parks along the Swannanoa and French Broad rivers in Asheville remained closed.
The water has receded in many places, especially along the Swannanoa, and damage assessments are underway, primarily in the Azalea Park area. Flooding still exists along Amboy Road, affecting Carrier Park, Amboy Road River Park and French Broad River Park, city officials said.
An additional list of closed county parks was released by Buncombe County Recreation Services. The parks are being evaluated for safety due to high water levels.
The following parks will be closed as staff assesses the ongoing situation:
Hominy Valley Park, Alexander River Park, Bent Creek River Park, Corcoran River Park, Glen Bridge River Park, Hominy Creek River Park, Ledges Whitewater River Park, Walnut Island River Park and Karpen Soccer Fields.
The Buncombe County Sports Park in Enka, Collier Cove Nature Preserve in Arden and Lake Julian Park in Arden are open, and Charles D. Owen Park in Swannanoa will open on Friday, according to a release by recreation services.
At least 40 people stayed in shelters Wednesday night, the American Red Cross said, and two shelters will remain open until every resident has a permanent, safe place to sleep.
The open shelters are located in Swannanoa, Old Fort and Polk County, areas hit hardest by the flooding and mudslides.
Business owners in Biltmore Village share concerns after the area was completely flooded by heavy rains. Matt Burkhartt, Asheville Citizen-Times
Asheville set a record for rainfall in May. The city has seen close to a foot of water in May, smashing the previous record set in 2009, said Sandy LaCorte from the weather service.
GREENVILLE, SC (FOX Carolina) –Shower and storm chances will continue into this weekend but it won’t be a total washout.
A flash flood watch remains in effect until Midnight for parts of the northern Upstate mountains into the high mountains of western NC. These areas have seen some of the highest rain totals over the last two days, and accordingly, the flash flood potential is highest there.
A Flood Warning is in place until 2:15PM for Buncombe, Henderson, Polk, and Rutherford counties. A flood warning is in effect for McDowell County until 4:15 PM.
Today brings another repeat of the forecast – around a 50% chance of a shower or storm at just about any time of the day, though the afternoon will see the greatest coverage of scattered storms. Expect highs in the upper 70s to low 80s.
Sunday might bring slightly lower rain chances to the region as highs inch toward the mid 80s for some.
Unsettled weather sticks around into next week – each day will have a chance of scattered showers and storms with highs in the upper 70s to low/mid 80s.
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