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Emergency crews, law enforcement warning residents in Upstate, WNC ahead of expected subtropical storm landfall Monday

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Emergency crews and law enforcement agencies in the Upstate and western North Carolina are warning people ahead of Monday when Subtropical Storm Alberto is expected to make landfall in the Gulf.

A flash flood watch goes into effect Sunday night for portions of the Upstate, western North Carolina and north east Georgia as the storm moves into the Gulf. It continues through Tuesday morning as Alberto brings heavy rain to the entire area.

             Alberto to bring widespread, heavy rain to the region

In Polk County, officials say 70 houses have been evacuated. Many of the residents are staying with family, but others will be staying at shelters.

At this time, only a voluntary evacuation has been announced.

             Polk Co. government recommends voluntary evacuation ahead of storm

Crews are on standby in case things take a turn for the worse and they are prepared to get everyone out if a mandatory evacuation is announced.

The Anderson County Sheriff's Office is warning residents to avoid travel during the peak of the heavy rainfall, and to have plans on where to flee to higher ground.

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