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NOUS42 KGSP 141517
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PUBLIC INFORMATION STATEMENT
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE GREENVILLE-SPARTANBURG SC
1117 AM EDT FRI SEP 14 2018

...INCREASED THREAT OF LANDSLIDES AND DEBRIS FLOWS ACROSS THE
MOUNTAINS AND FOOTHILLS THIS WEEKEND...

FLORENCE WILL BRING HEAVY RAIN TO THE WESTERN CAROLINAS SATURDAY 
THROUGH MONDAY. THE HEAVY RAIN IS EXPECTED TO RESULT IN 
SIGNIFICANT FLOODING ALONG CREEKS AND STREAMS.

RAINFALL AMOUNTS OF EIGHT TO TWELVE INCHES ARE POSSIBLE WITH
ISOLATED AMOUNTS TO 15 INCHES ALONG THE BLUE RIDGE ESCARPMENT FROM
HENDERSON AND POLK COUNTIES NORTHWARD INTO AVERY AND CALDWELL
COUNTIES, NORTH CAROLINA. ISOLATED LANDSLIDES ARE LIKELY WITH
RAINFALL TOTALS OF SIX TO TEN INCHES, WITH GREATER COVERAGE IF 
RAINFALL TOTALS EXCEED THAT LEVEL. AREAS THAT HAVE EXPERIENCED 
RECENT LANDSLIDE ACTIVITY MAY BE MORE SUSCEPTIBLE TO ADDITIONAL 
LANDSLIDES.

LANDSLIDES, INCLUDING FAST-MOVING DEBRIS FLOWS CONSISTING OF 
WATER, MUD, FALLING ROCKS, TREES, AND OTHER LARGE DEBRIS,
ARE MOST LIKELY WITHIN SMALL VALLEYS THAT DRAIN STEEP SLOPES.
LANDSLIDES ARE POWERFUL AND POTENTIALLY DEADLY, CAPABLE OF 
WASHING OUT ROADS, BRIDGES, AND HOMES. PEOPLE LIVING IN AREAS 
PRONE TO LANDSLIDES SHOULD BE AWARE OF THE DANGER AND BE PREPARED 
TO ACT. 

HERE ARE RECOMMENDED ACTIONS TO CONSIDER BOTH AHEAD OF THE STORM
AND WHEN THE HEAVY RAIN BEGINS.

BEFORE THE STORM: 

1. IF YOU LIVE ON A MOUNTAINSIDE OR IN A COVE AT THE BASE OF A
MOUNTAIN, ESPECIALLY NEAR A STREAM, BE READY TO LEAVE IN ADVANCE
OF THE STORM OR AS QUICKLY AS POSSIBLE SHOULD RISING WATER,
MOVING EARTH, OR ROCKS THREATEN. IDENTIFY A STURDY SHELTER ON
HIGHER GROUND SUCH AS A WELL-BUILT HOME, CHURCH OR SCHOOL.

2. STAY ALERT. MONITOR NOAA WEATHER RADIO OR LOCAL MEDIA FOR
POSSIBLE FLASH FLOOD WARNINGS. 

DURING THE STORM:

1. AVOID DRIVING NEAR STEEP SLOPES OR CROSSING STREAM
VALLEYS, PARTICULARLY AT NIGHT. NEVER TRY TO DRIVE ACROSS A
FLOODED ROAD. POTENTIAL HAZARDS TO DRIVERS INCLUDE WASHED-OUT
ROADS, BRIDGES, AND FALLING OR FLOWING LARGE DEBRIS. TURN
AROUND, DON'T DROWN!

2. IMMEDIATELY MOVE AWAY FROM STEEP SLOPES AND SMALL STREAMS IN
STEEP VALLEYS. SEEK REFUGE ON HIGHER GROUND AWAY FROM STREAMS, 
PREFERABLY IN A STURDY SHELTER.

3. STAY ALERT. MANY LANDSLIDE FATALITIES OCCUR WHEN PEOPLE ARE
SLEEPING. BE AWARE THAT SHORT INTENSE BURSTS OF RAINFALL ARE MOST
LIKELY TO CAUSE LANDSLIDES. 

4. KEEP TUNED TO NOAA WEATHER RADIO OR LOCAL MEDIA FOR THE LATEST
WARNINGS AND STATEMENTS REGARDING THIS POTENTIALLY DANGEROUS
WEATHER EVENT. 

MORE INFORMATION ON SAFETY AND PREPAREDNESS FOR POTENTIAL
LANDSLIDES CAN BE FOUND AT:LANDSLIDES.USGS.GOV/LEARN/PREPARE.PHP

FOR GENERAL FLOOD SAFETY AND PREPARATION ADVICE, PLEASE VISIT:
WWW.READY.GOV/FLOODS

ADDITIONAL WEATHER INFORMATION AND UPDATES ON THIS POTENTIALLY
DANGEROUS WEATHER SITUATION CAN BE FOUND AT:
WWW.WEATHER.GOV/GSP

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