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Local, state and federal officials are warning folks in Nash and surrounding counties of flooding in low-lying areas due to heavy rainfall.
The Nash County area had received about 9.73 inches of rain as of 5 p.m., said Brent Fisher, assistant director of fire, rescue and emergency management for Nash County Emergency Services.
The National Weather Service in Raleigh issued a flash flood warning for Nash and surrounding counties.
At 10:14 a.m., Doppler radar indicated thunderstorms producing heavy rain across the area with 1-3 inches of rain already fallen, especially along and east of Interstate 95.
The heavy rainfall means “life-threatening flash flooding of creeks and streams, urban areas, highways, streets and underpasses,” according to the warning.
The Tar River continues to rise and is expected to crest at 26.4 feet, which is considered moderate flood stage, said Jessie Nunery, media relations specialist for the city of Rocky Mount.
State emergency management officials are urging motorists to turn around when encountering flooded roads. Most flood deaths occur in vehicles.
A flash flood warning means that flooding is imminent or occurring. Residents living along streams and creeks should take immediate precautions to protect life and property.
To report severe weather, contact your nearest law enforcement agency.