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Rainy Monday brings possibility of flooding, storms

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Brushy Creek rises up to bridge along Old Boiling Springs Road. (April 7, 2014/FOX Carolina) Brushy Creek rises up to bridge along Old Boiling Springs Road. (April 7, 2014/FOX Carolina)

The work week started off very wet Monday, as rain and storms move through northeast Georgia and the western Carolinas.

Moderate to heavy rainfall continued through morning and slowly let up some, with thunderstorms expected to move in during the afternoon, according to meteorologist Nicole Papay.

"There will be enough energy within the system to produce a few strong thunderstorms, but the severe threat should be limited to areas south and east of the Interstate 85 line," Papay said. "Any severe storm that pops up could bring damaging wind, small hail, frequent lighting, and a possibility for an isolated tornado."

Right now, Papay said the severe threat looks relatively low, though most of our region will see thunderstorms. Highs are forecast to reach the 50s to low 60s.

With the forecast rainfall, there is a flood watch in effect until 6 p.m. for the mountains of Greenville, Pickens and Oconee counties, as well as Stephens County in northeast Georgia and Graham, Swain, Jackson, Macon, Transylvania, and Henderson counties in western North Carolina.

Up to two inches of rain is expected with the chance for isolated flooding, Papay said.

Brushy Creek's water could be seen rising along Boiling Springs Road near the entrance to Sugar Creek subdivision about 11 a.m. Monday.

The FOX Carolina weather team will be watching these storms closely as conditions will be conducive to the possibility of severe weather. The storm prediction center has placed parts of northeast Georgia and much of the Upstate under a slight risk warning of severe weather for Monday.

Counties south of Interstate 85 will see the best chance for a thunderstorm developing while the northern Upstate and western North Carolina will see mostly just heavy rain, meteorologist Ted Phaeton said. However, an isolated thunderstorm in these areas cannot be ruled out at this time.

Overnight, showers will continue and a few will linger into Tuesday as well, Papay said. Later this week, sunshine returns with temperatures moving from the 60s back into the 70s.

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