Additional rains could cause local flooding

From Staff Reports


   The National Weather Service in Morristown issued a flash flood watch for portions of East Tennessee, including Carter County, and Southwest North Carolina late yesterday afternoon.
   A flash flood watch means that flooding of small streams, creeks and other drainage areas is possible.
   Rainfall amounts in excess of three inches were recorded across East Tennessee yesterday.
   A low pressure system will move from the lower Mississippi River Valley to Southeast Tennessee by early Saturday. This system will pump abundant moisture up the Tennessee Valley and into the Appalachians.
   Showers and thunderstorms that develop today are expected to produce widespread rainfall amounts near one and one-half inches across the watch area.
   Localized amounts between two and three inches are possible. The additional rainfall today will likely result in flash flooding where the strongest storms develop.
   People in the watch area should continue to be aware of the possibility for heavy rainfall, avoid low lying areas, and be careful when approaching highway dips and underpasses if water covers the roadway.