RALEIGH, N.C. (WNCN) — A severe thunderstorm watch was issued and then canceled for parts of central North Carolina and Virginia on Saturday just before forecasters said a flood watch would be needed as up to six inches of rain could fall by the end of the weekend.
The thunderstorm watch came just as several tornado warnings — which are now expired — were issued for the southern Virginia area of Mecklenburg County.
Weather forecasters said they expect heavy rain over the weekend and that a flood watch would go into effect starting early Sunday and last until Tuesday.
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Just after 3 p.m., the weather service issued a severe thunderstorm watch for several counties in Central North Carolina and 11 southern Virginia counties until 9 p.m. Saturday. Around 7 p.m., the severe thunderstorm watch was canceled.
However, a flood watch was also issued just after 4 p.m. by the National Weather Service, which said up to 6 inches of rain could fall over the weekend.
The flood watch is for all counties in the CBS North Carolina viewing area and is from midnight Saturday until 8 a.m. Tuesday.
“Widespread rain along with isolated thunderstorms are expected Saturday night through Monday evening. There will be periods of heavy rain. Storm total rainfall amounts are expected to range between 3 and 5 inches, with locally 6 inches possible,” the weather service said.
Weather officials said there could be flooding of creeks and streams.
Main rivers may flood during the event including the Yadkin, Haw, Neuse, Tar, Roanoke, and Cape Fear.