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Flash Flood Watch spreads to counties of Mecklenburg, Cabarrus

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A Flash Flood Watch has spread to the counties of Mecklenburg and Cabarrus as Hurricane Matthew approaches.

A Flood Advisory was issued for western Union County, where the first small batch of rain put down two inches in just a couple hours. 

The Flash Flood Watch, including counties southeast of Mecklenburg, lasts through Sunday morning. The watch could continue expanding farther north and/or west with the approach of Matthew. 

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Rain already washed out activities at the Charlotte Motor Speedway, including Friday night's Xfinity Series race.

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Pockets of flooding can be expected close to home and there's potential for a widespread flood from the SC Midlands N-NE through the NC Sandhills (more than 12" of rain possible, if not likely in spots).  

Rainfall totals will be in the 1" - 2" range across the mountains and foothills, with 1" – 3"+ possible from Charlotte/Mecklenburg into Union County, with 3" – 6" of rain becoming more likely just to the east.  

In terms of wind, that will also be an issue on Saturday as we expect sustained winds of 20 – 30 mph around the Piedmont of North and South Carolina with higher gusts.  Counties east and southeast of Charlotte can expect to see wind gusts from 35 – 45 mph causing some larger limbs to snap and scattered power outages.  

If you live in a flood prone area east of Charlotte, take preparations now to protect life and property and stay alert!

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