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Localized flooding leads to schools closings early as wet weather continues to hamper area

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CHARLOTTE, NC (WBTV) -

Several clusters of storms will bring heavy rain and windy conditions across the region Tuesday.

WBTV Meteorologist Kelly Franson says that after heavy rain earlier this morning across the Charlotte metro region, another cluster of storms will move through around noon.

"Localized flooding is a very real possibility and severe weather could be a threat as well," Franson said, as we move into the evening hours.

The storms should clear out late in the night as a cold front moves into the area that will bring lots of sunshine late in the week.

Highs Tuesday are forecast around 79 degrees with winds blowing between 15 and 18 miles per hour, gusting to 32 mph.

The National Weather Service in Greenville-Spartanburg has issued a Flash Flood Watch for 6 p.m. for Watauga County.

A Flood Advisory is in effect for Burke County until 3 p.m.

Avery County Schools are closing by 12:30 p.m. as a result of flash flooding and heavy rains leading to more flooding and closed roads later Tueday afternoon.

Yancey County Schools are letting out bt 12:45 p.m. due to weather.

A Tornado Watch is in effect for Stanly and Anson counties until 5 p.m.

Caldwell and Burke Counties are under a Flood Watch until 6 p.m.

Flooding has been reported in several areas in and around Morganton. City police report flooding on Burkemont Avenue and Interstate 40 at mile marker 103.

A creek along NC Highway 183 has overflowed its banks and covered the road in northwest Burke County.

About 400 homes were without power early Monday morning in the Oak Hill community of Burke County when winds blew a tree down on some power lines, according to the fire department.

Power has since been restored.

Rainfall totals are expected to range between one and two inches across the region Tuesday with higher amounts in locally heavy downpours.

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