Warning area

The National Weather Service in Blacksburg, Va., has issued a Flood Warning fo Watauga County and Ashe County until 4:30 p.m. Friday.

At 7:31 a.m., rainfall of 1 to 2 inches has fallen across much of Watauga and Ashe counties during the last 12 hours. The ground is completely saturated from recent and repeated rainfall events. A large area of moderate to heavy rainfall will continue to move across this region over the next several hours. Creeks and streams within the warned area are rising quickly and some will reach and exceed flood stage today. Additionally, flooding of poor drainage, low-lying and normally flood-prone areas can be expected. Some roads may become flooded and impassable later this morning as the rainfall continues.

Some locations that will experience flooding include Boone, Jefferson, West Jefferson, Blowing Rock and Beech Mountain.

Additional rainfall amounts of 1 to 3 inches are possible in the warned area over the next 4 to 6 hours.

This includes the following streams and drainages: North Fork New River, South Fork New River, Darnell Creek, Ripshin Branch, Mulberry Creek, Watauga River and Vanderpool Creek.

This includes Appalachian State University.

In hilly terrain there are hundreds of low water crossings which are potentially dangerous in heavy rain. Do not attempt to cross flooded roads. Find an alternate route.

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