July 4 forecast soggy as rain soaks western Carolinas - FOX Carolina 21

July 4th fireworks forecast soggy for Western Carolinas

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The Independence Day fireworks may get a little soggy as showers are expected on and off throughout Thursday, according to FOX Carolina chief meteorologist Kendra Kent.

Tonight we'll have scattered storms, with heavy downpours and lightning being the main threats, Kent said.

Most of the Upstate, western North Carolina and northeast Georgia are under a flash flood watch until 8 p.m. Thursday night while Henderson and Transylvania counties remain under a flood warning.

Pickens, SC canceled their fireworks and events due to the rain, according to officials. The events will be rescheduled at a later time.

The National Weather Service is reporting flash flooding in Buncombe County as of 5:45 p.m. Thursday night. There is street flooding reported from a creek at Tunnel Road and Kenilworth Road, according the NWS. A flash flood warning is in effect until 9:30 p.m.

Kent said scattered showers and storms will continue through July Fourth.

"It won't rain all night, but you'll want to have a back up plan if you are outside," forecasted Kent. She said the on-and-off nature of the storms may make outdoor activities inconvenient.

There is a chance some areas could see a break in the rain during the prime time for setting off fireworks, said FOX Carolina meteorologist Nicole Papay.

Flash flooding has already occurred in the mountains of northeast Georgia and North Carolina.

In Transylvania County, dispatchers said that Green, Island Ford, Barclay, Wilson, Cascade Lake roads and Merrill Lane were closed because of flooding and warned drivers not to drive through the flooded roads.

Kent said the French Broad River will be vulnerable to major flooding until Saturday because of the excessive rainfall.

Madison County has been the hardest hit so far. The National Weather Service reported closed roads and damaged houses in the Madison County area.  The American Red Cross was in the county helping residents displaced because of the flooding on Thursday.

Several July Fourth events are scheduled to go on, though some may alter their plans because of the rain.

One fatality has been reported by the National Weather Service after a tree feel due to high winds, striking an individual.

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