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Take precautions with heavy rain and flooding expected

 

The 2013 Hurricane Season began on June 1 and the first storm of the season has already been named. Andrea has formed in the Gulf of Mexico. The center of Tropical Storm Andrea is forecast to reach the coast of the Florida Big Bend on Thursday afternoon or evening, and then move over southeastern Georgia and eastern South Carolina Thursday night and Friday. The main concern with Andrea is very heavy rainfall that could lead to flooding. 
 
As of 4:15 this morning impressive rainfall has taken place across the NC Foothills and Piedmont over the past twelve hours, with gauges indicating over four inches. General indications are that overnight rainfall rates of 2.5 to 3.0 inches over six hours and 2 inches over three hours occurred. This may be the cause of a large tree falling and creating a power outage in Concord around 5:00 a.m.
 
Andrea has begun her track northward and showers will gradually increase as she approaches. NWS is stating than an “interesting event” is shaping up this afternoon over the Piedmont and Foothills. The western edge of the deep tropical moisture with the storm will likely track over the area. Though far from a “classic event,” the combination of moisture systems may result in heavy rainfall including thunder storms with torrential rain. Considering the recent rainfall, the NWS issued a flash flood watch for our area until 6:00 p.m. Friday.
 
Tonight, heavy rain will continue, rainfall rates will likely increase across the area as Andrea proceeds along the Carolina Coast. The rates will likely increase again during the pre-dawn hours on Friday. The greatest rates will begin late tonight with precipitation chances between 70 to 100 percent.
 
The public should take precautions for the approaching event.  City of Concord departments are doing the same. For example, Fire and Life Safety are checking water rescue and swift water rescue equipment, Water Resources are checking stormdrains for debris, Police and Transportation are preparing for road closures, and the EOC will be ready for operations.
 
A map of flood-prone areas follows; please pay special attention if you live, work, or travel through one of these areas.
 
 
If you see flooding occur, remember: Turn Around, Don't Drown.
 
For more information about flooding, visit concordnc.gov/flood.