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McDowell County Emergency Management
Friday November 11th, 2022 :: 11:26 a.m. EST


Flash Flood Warning until 04:00PM

The National Weather Service in Greenville-Spartanburg has issued a

* Flash Flood Warning for... Avery County in western North Carolina... Northwestern Burke County in western North Carolina... Northwestern Caldwell County in western North Carolina... Northeastern McDowell County in western North Carolina... Southeastern Mitchell County in western North Carolina...

* Until 400 PM EST.

* At 1123 AM EST, Doppler radar and automated rain gauges indicated thunderstorms producing heavy rain across the warned area. Flash flooding is ongoing or expected to begin shortly. Periods of heavy showers will continue to overspread the Northern North Carolina Blue Ridge into the afternoon. Additional rainfall of 1 to 3 inches is likely, especially along the higher terrain. Excessive runoff will be seen across the North Fork Catawba and Johns River Basins. On the west side of the Blue Ridge, flooding of low-lying areas along the North Toe and Linville Rivers will increase. HAZARD...Flash flooding caused by thunderstorms. SOURCE...Radar and automated gauges. IMPACT...Flash flooding of small creeks and streams, urban areas, highways, streets and underpasses as well as other poor drainage and low-lying areas.

* Some locations that will experience flash flooding include... Spruce Pine, Newland, Banner Elk, Bakersville, Beech Mountain In Avery County, Crossnore, Sugar Mountain, Seven Devils, Linville Falls, B.R. Parkway-Linville Falls To Grandfather, B.R. Parkway-Little Switzerland To Linville, Table Rock, Grandfather Mountain State Park, B.R. Parkway-Craggy To Little Switzerland, Jonas Ridge, Pineola, Linville, Ashford, Altamont and Ingalls.



Heavy rain is increasing the risk of landslides, especially in areas where slides have occurred in the past. Be especially alert if you are near a stream, especially at the base of a mountain or in a cove. Watch for loose-moving soil and rocks or a sudden increase in streamflow. Leave the area quickly if this is observed. When driving along roads where the terrain is steep or rocky, watch and listen for falling rocks, mud, trees and other debris. Turn around, don't drown when encountering flooded roads. Most flood deaths occur in vehicles.

McDowell County Emergency Management
129 Barnes Rd
Marion, NC 28752

Emergency: 9-1-1
Non-emergencies: 828-652-3241

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Alert Details

Severe - Significant threat to life or property
Immediate - Responsive action SHOULD be taken immediately
Likely (p > ~50%)
Meteorological (inc. flood)
Flash Flood Warning

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