Heavy Rain Moving Out Ahead of Schedule

Heavy rain moving out ahead of schedule, which means the flooding threat will also be ending early this evening. As of 2 pm up to 2″ of rain has already fallen, and an additional 1-2″ of rain will still be possible for the eastern fringe of the region. Mecklenburg and Anson counties are under an Areal Flood Advisory as several streams and creeks are beginning to flood. The heaviest rainfall has been south of the region so far. This is also where the highest severe threat exists, however, a few strong to severe storms cannot be ruled out late this afternoon.

Damaging wind gusts will be the biggest threat with any severe storm that develops. Chesterfield County is under a Tornado Watch until 6 pm, however the worst of that threat looks to be closer to the coast.

The heaviest of the rain and peak flash flooding threat will move out by Thursday evening. A few showers will linger through Friday. Drier and cooler air will move in for the weekend, but the flooding threat will remain as runoff fills area rivers and lakes, with the Catawba, Pee Dee, and Rocky river forecast to reach minor to moderate flood stage this weekend.