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Lowering the lake

Lake Adger will be lowered ahead of Hurricane Sally


MILL SPRING—Polk County officials announced on Tuesday that Lake Adger will be lowered ahead of Hurricane Sally.

County officials said the hurricane could drop 3 to 6 inches of rain in the area.

Northbrook will be lowering the lake between 3 and 5 feet while monitoring the storm.

Sally was expected to make landfall as a Category 1 hurricane late Tuesday or early Wednesday morning on the gulf. The storm is expected to come to a crawl as it approaches the coast, which will mean very heavy rainfall. Some expectations for rainfall on the coast are feet of rain and widespread flooding.

Impacts to the foothills area should arrive by Thursday and Friday across most of the Carolinas.

Heavy rain is expected to begin in the area Wednesday night through Thursday and into Friday, with as much as 5-7 inches of rain possible in some areas.

A strong cold front is also coming on Friday, which will mean cooler temperatures over the weekend, in the 60s and 70s for the high temperatures and dropping into the high 40s and low 50s over the weekend.

There are currently 5 tropical cyclones in the Atlantic basin, including Sally, Paulette, Rene, Teddy and Vicky. This is only the second time in recorded history there are 5 tropical storms at one time. The last time that occurred was in 1971.