After a soggy few days, forecasters warned of an increased chance of flooding as strong storms were expected Tuesday afternoon.
The National Weather Service issued a flash flood watch until late Tuesday night for Cherokee, Greenville, Pickens and Spartanburg counties in South Carolina and Buncombe, Henderson, Madison, McDowell, Mitchell, Polk, Rutherford, Transylvania and Yancey counties in North Carolina.
The Weather Service also issued a severe thunderstorm watch for all of the Upstate of South Carolina, northeast Georgia and much of the North Carolina mountains until 10 p.m.
Meteorologists said that storms that are expected to develop by Tuesday afternoon, and could produce rainfall rates of 1 to 2 inches per hour. They said that recent rains have waterlogged the ground, making it difficult for the soil to soak up any more water. As a result, forecasters said flash flooding could quickly develop.
People who live near streams and low-lying areas were asked to monitor water levels closely and prepare to take action if the levels begin to rise.
Drivers were reminded it is never safe to drive through water-covered roadways. They should turn around and seek an alternate route.
FOX Carolina Chief Meteorologist Kendra Kent said isolated storms are possible through Thursday.
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