CHARLOTTE, NC (WBTV) - While all the focus continues to be on Matthew's current position and strength, as it should be, it is important to examine what we're expecting inland across the Carolinas including the WBTV viewing area.
In the short term, if you live along or west of I-77, the main load of rainfall will get underway daybreak Saturday.
Flash Flood Watches are already in effect for Mecklenburg County and all other counties south and east of Charlotte. Upwards of three inches of rain are likely in the immediate Charlotte area with four to six inches of rain more likely in the Pee Dee and Sand Hill counties such as Anson, Richmond and Chesterfield (SC).
The rain is expected to taper off Saturday night.
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While Flash Flooding is the primary concern over the weekend, river flooding in eastern NC and SC will become a major problem next week as many rivers are not forecast to crest until Tuesday.
In terms of wind, a Wind Advisory is in effect for the same region as the Flash Flood Watch described above. Sustained winds of 20 – 30mph with gusts 35 – 45mph are likely around the Charlotte Metro counties with gusts 50mph or higher in our eastern sections.
Weak trees, large limbs and power lines are likely to be downed in these conditions with of course some power outages.
NEVER APPROACH A DOWNED POWER LINE.
Anyone who lives in a flood prone area should take action now to protect life and property.
Next update will be after 5pm when the National Hurricane Center issues their next forecast track update for Hurricane Matthew.