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Tuesday, November 10, 2009

Alas, I cannot

I want to change into my pajamas, make a mug of Ovaltine, and curl up under a blanket on the loveseat with my book.

...FLASH FLOOD WATCH IN EFFECT FROM 7 PM EST THIS EVENING THROUGH THURSDAY MORNING...

THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE IN RALEIGH HAS ISSUED A

* FLASH FLOOD WATCH FOR A PORTION OF CENTRAL NORTH CAROLINA... INCLUDING THE FOLLOWING AREAS...ALAMANCE...ANSON...CHATHAM... DAVIDSON...FORSYTH...GUILFORD...HOKE...LEE...MONTGOMERY... MOORE...RANDOLPH...RICHMOND...SCOTLAND AND STANLY.

* FROM 7 PM EST THIS EVENING THROUGH THURSDAY MORNING

* UP TO 3 TO 5 INCHES OF RAIN IS POSSIBLE THROUGH THURSDAY. MOISTURE WILL CONTINUE TO STREAM NORTH INTO CENTRAL NORTH CAROLINA AS A LOW PRESSURE STORM SYSTEM DEVELOPS OFF THE CAROLINA COAST. RAINFALL WILL BECOME HEAVY ACROSS THE AREA OVERNIGHT AND UP TO 2 INCHES OF RAIN IS POSSIBLE BY WEDNESDAY MORNING. PERIODS OF HEAVY RAIN WILL CONTINUE WEDNESDAY AND WEDNESDAY NIGHT...POSSIBLY PRODUCING FLASH FLOODING IN URBAN AREAS AND ON SMALLER CREEKS AND STREAMS. FALLEN LEAVES AND OTHER DEBRIS WILL LIKELY CLOG STORM DRAINS AND SEWERS RESULTING IN ADDITIONAL FLOODING.

* HEAVY RAIN OVERNIGHT WILL MAKE DRIVING HAZARDOUS...AS IT WILL REDUCE VISIBILITY...AND POSSIBLY FLOOD DITCHES AND POOL IN LOW LYING AREAS ON THE ROAD. THE HIGHWAY 74 CORRIDOR...WHICH RUNS THROUGH WADESBORO... ROCKINGHAM...AND LAURINBURG...WILL BE PARTICULARLY PRONE TO FLOODING TONIGHT AND EARLY WEDNESDAY. SOME OTHER LOCATIONS PRONE TO FLOODING INCLUDE CREEKS IN AND AROUND ALBEMARLE...LEXINGTON...THOMASVILLE...HIGH POINT...WINSTON- SALEM AND GREENSBORO. LOCATIONS IN AND AROUND THE UWHARRIE FOREST ALSO ALSO VERY PRONE TO FLASH FLOODING.

PRECAUTIONARY/PREPAREDNESS ACTIONS...

MOST FLASH FLOOD DEATHS OCCUR IN VEHICLES. DO NOT DRIVE INTO AREAS WHERE WATER COVERS THE ROADWAY OR DRIVE AROUND POLICE BARRICADES. RISING WATER CAN ENGULF A VEHICLE AND ITS OCCUPANTS. IF YOUR VEHICLE STALL IN WATER...ABANDON IT IMMEDIATELY AND SEEK HIGHER GROUND. BE ESPECIALLY CAUTIOUS AT NIGHT SINCE IT IS HARDER TO RECOGNIZE THE DANGEROUS OF FLOODING.

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 ACTION SHOULD FLASH FLOOD WARNINGS BE ISSUED.
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