It’s been a rainy day, as expected, but things are starting to wind down in the Tri-Cities. Regardless of that, rain will still be around off-and-on for a bit, so the National Weather Service has several flooding products up.
- A Flood Warning is up until 5 PM for Sullivan, Unicoi, Washington (both TN and VA), Johnson and Carter Counties, including Bristol, Virginia. This is for urban and small streams, which basically means if it normally floods when it rains hard, it likely is right now. Stay out of any place that typically has standing water at times like these, or could in a short amount of time.
- Flash Flood Warnings are up in western North Carolina along with Smyth, Tazewell and Wythe Counties in southwest Virginia until mid-afternoon. These areas east of the Tri-Cities have experienced much more rainfall, and especially considering the mountains, flooding can occur quickly. Never try to cross flooded roads in situations like this, and find another way to get where you’re going.
- Flood Advisories are up for Washington, Greene, and Unicoi Counties and down into the Smokies until early afternoon. If you’re near creeks and smaller streams, they will be at higher levels than normal for a while until the rain finally does stop.
Some schools in the mountains are closing early due to the flooding, so make sure to look for the notifications on your phone for such things. I’ve seen Watauga County, NC, and Carter County, TN make those type of decisions already, but nobody any farther west as of 11:20 AM.
Typical flooding conditions for heavy rain are happening in the typical places in our area, so be prepared for that. As mentioned above, if you know it floods in heavy rain, stay out of it until the rain stops and the waters recede.
The cold front that’s part of all this rain is near Crossville as of this post, headed our way. Once it goes through here, it’ll push Tropical Storm Michael (which is centered near Charlotte now) away from us and rain will come to an end. Dry weather and much cooler conditions happen after that.