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Tornado, flood watches issued as storms develop

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A pair of lightning bolts strike a valley in western North Carolina. (File/FOX Carolina) A pair of lightning bolts strike a valley in western North Carolina. (File/FOX Carolina)
GREENVILLE, SC (FOX Carolina) -

Severe storms and widespread heavy rain were forecast for much of the western Carolinas and northeast Georgia through Tuesday morning, prompting two watches.

The National Weather Service issued a tornado watch for much of the western Carolinas and northeast Georgia until 3 a.m. Tuesday. A flood watch was issued until early Tuesday morning for all of western North Carolina and the mountains of South Carolina.

FOX Carolina Chief Meteorologist Kendra Kent said the heavy rain will overtake much of the area by Tuesday morning. She said between two and four inches of rain is possible as a cold front marches across the region. She said the same system could produce powerful thunderstorms that could spawn tornadoes.

Kent said the heaviest rain could fall during Tuesday morning, making standing water a problem on many roadways during morning rush hour. She said the rain should end by Tuesday afternoon.

Experts reminded drivers that it is never safe to drive through water-covered roadways. They also said people who live in flood-prone areas should monitor water levels closely and prepare to take action if a flood warning is issued.

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