Persistent heavy rain has triggered a major flash flood event northwest of Charlotte, N.C., Saturday.
At 10 a.m. EDT, emergency management reported a major flash flood event was underway across much of Catawba County, N.C.
"All small creeks and streams in [central Catawba County and western Lincoln County] are overflowing their banks, and some are well out of their banks," stated the National Weather Service's Greenville-Spartanburg Office. "Numerous roads are impassable due to flood water."
"As much as 10 inches of rain has fallen across [central Catawba County and western Lincoln County] since about 4 a.m. EDT."
Hickory, N.C., located in Catawba County, recorded nearly 5 inches of rain from 4 a.m. to 11 a.m. Saturday. Runoff from the rain has flooded several streets.
Emergency management reported several roads washed out or flooded in northwestern Lincoln County with some areas in 2 to 3 feet of standing water.
Lyle Creek is out of its banks near Claremont, N.C., flooding roads.
Additional heavy rain through at least early Saturday afternoon threatens to worsen the flooding situation in and around these two counties, severely putting lives at risk.
Residents and those traveling through the area, including on Interstate 40, are reminded to stay away from flooded areas and roads. Despite the calm appearance of the water's surface, the current underneath could be strong enough to quickly knock anyone off their feet or carry away a vehicle.
@wxbrad Lyles Creek at Bunker Hill School Rd in Claremont pic.twitter.com/DZfzVn2Gzt— Shannon Sigmon (@Siggy2777) July 27, 2013
Other flash flooding incidents may develop elsewhere across the foothills of the Carolinas and into southwestern Virginia as the drenching rain pours down. The same can be said for Charlotte and Winston-Salem Saturday afternoon as the slow-moving rain and thunderstorms press eastward.
The heaviest rain in Catawba and Lincoln counties should slide eastward later this afternoon, but showers and thunderstorms that could trigger or prolong the flooding will follow through the rest of the weekend.