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Rain, Showers With Chance For Flooding Wednesday

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SPARTANBURG COUNTY, S.C. - Morning rain and afternoon showers continue Wednesday.

Forecast

The storms rolling across the country, causing damage in their path have weakened as they move through our area Wednesday.

"We will see morning rain and scattered afternoon showers today," Storm Team Meteorologist Malachi Rodgers explains. 

Highs will climb to the upper 70s for the Upstate and low 70s for the mountains.

Rain and cloudy skies are expected to move out Wednesday night with dry weather overnight, Malachi adds. 

Lows will fall to the upper 50s for the Upstate and low 50s in the mountains.

Sunshine returns for Thursday and the weekend.

Severe Weather Alerts

The National Weather Service has issued a Flash Flood Watch for the entire viewing area through late Wednesday night.

Periods of heavy rainfall may lead to flash flooding in urban and poor drainage areas, along with rapid rises of creeks and streams.

A few locations in the viewing area are also under a Flood Warning, including Henderson, Transylvania and Madison counties along the French Broad River.

Click here for the latest updates from the National Weather Service.

Severe Weather Preparation

"Now is the time to review your safety plan so you'll know exactly what to do if your area is placed under a warning," Christy explains.  

The Red Cross is also urging people to prepare for severe weather as one of the first strong storms of the year arrives.

As with any disaster, preparation can be the difference between life and death. The Red Cross recommends that individuals and families prepare for severe thunderstorms following these tips: 

Make a Home Disaster Plan: Pick a safe place in your home for household members to gather during a thunderstorm. This should be away from windows, skylights and glass doors that could be broken by strong winds or hail. Protect your animals by ensuring that any outside buildings that house them are protected in the same way as your home. Remove animals from vulnerable dog houses and similar small structures. 

Create an Emergency Preparedness Kit: Pack a first aid kit and essential medications, canned food and can opener, bottled water, flashlights and a battery-powered radio with extra batteries. 

Heed Storm Warnings: A severe storm WATCH means severe thunderstorms are possible in and near the watch area. People in a watch area should keep informed and be ready to act if a severe thunderstorm warning is issued. A severe storm WARNING means severe weather has been reported by spotters or indicated by radar. Warnings indicate imminent danger to life and property. If you can hear thunder, you are close enough to be in danger from lightning. Seek shelter immediately. The National Weather Service recommends staying inside for at least 30 minutes after the last thunder clap. 

Prepare for High Winds: If you have time, secure lawn furniture, outdoor decorations, trash cans, hanging plants and anything else that can be picked up by wind.

Warnings: What You Need To Know

Seeing the aftermath of strong, fast-moving storms has prompted families in the Upstate to prepare. Orders for storm shelters have already started at American Home Pride in Greenville.

“After the Oklahoma incident last year, I think we sold 52 of these literally in a week in a half,” said Owner Richard Logan. "You do have to have some sort of plan in place if you do live in an area that's prone to tornadoes."

While some rely on the protection of shelters others depend on sirens. Several areas like Spartanburg, Cherokee and Oconee counties use tornado sirens to alert you when dangerous weather is on the way.

Emergency leaders in Spartanburg County say about 70 sirens dot the county, but you may not hear them depending on the weather or where you live.

Greenwood County is doing away with their siren system. And Greenville County doesn't use sirens at all. Instead these communities put preparedness in the palm of your hands.

Emergency management leaders recommend using a weather radio or a local alert system like Code Red that can text, email or call you with important weather information.

 

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