Flash flood watch issued for Polk Tuesday, Wednesday

Published 8:00 pm Monday, April 28, 2014

The system responsible for deadly tornadoes Sunday in the south is the same system forecast to head to the foothills beginning Monday evening through Wednesday, April 30.
A flash flood watch has been  issued for County from Tuesday morning until Wednesday evening, with a tornado watch issued for the area until Tuesday at 7 a.m., according to the National Weather Service.
The flash flood watch is in effect for portions of northeast Georgia, North Carolina and upstate South Carolina, including Polk County and Spartanburg and Greenville counties, S.C., according to the warning issued by the National Weather Service Monday afternoon.
Thunderstorms are expected to produce several rounds of heavy rainfall, with possibly excessive rainfall rates.
The National Weather Service expects three to five inches of accumulation.
Tryon Fire Chief Joey Davis issued a Nixle message Monday morning saying storms should pick up later Monday, but become more intense late Monday through Wednesday.
“Look for these to be a series of storms moving over the area in waves through late Wednesday when the system will finally pass to our east,” Davis said in his message. “Thus strong to severe storms should be expected at any time over the next 48-60 hours.”
Davis also said as a reminder, a watch means conditions are favorable for development while a warning means that the particular event is occurring (be it a flood warning, tornado warning or severe thunderstorm warning).
“Tryon stands ready to respond and will be monitoring creeks and poor drainage areas as these storms will dump a lot of rain in a short amount of time so flash flooding around town is likely,” Davis said. “A reminder not to drive vehicles over bodies of standing water and report any issues to Town Hall at 828-859-6654 or by calling 911 if you feel the situation is an emergency.”
Downed power lines and trees can also be reported in the same manner, according to Davis.
Davis also reminded residents of the town’s emergency warning signal, located at town hall in downtown Tryon
“That siren will be activated if a tornado warning is issued directly for the town,” said Davis. “If the siren activates during this severe weather period you should seek shelter immediately.”
Anyone with questions or concerns in the Tryon area should contact Tryon Town Hall at 828-859-6654.

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