CHEROKEE COUNTY, NC – UPDATE: Cherokee County Schools and US 19/ 74 in Nantahala Gorge closed Feb. 7. due to extensive flooding and mudslides.
The weather and rock slide resulted in the closure of US 19/74 through at least Friday, Feb. 7. North Carolina Department of Transportation (NCDOT) are actively removing debris from the area near Hewitts Road. The drainage path was altered so crews are working to correct that as well.
Drivers should take the detour through Robbinsville and Stecoah and westboard commuters are advised to take NC 28 to NC 143 and US 129, back to US 19/74.
Original story is below:
Hazardous weather conditions expected to continue into the night and have already resulted in mudslides in Andrews and flooding across the county.
The National Weather Services has predicted for this afternoon: “Rain. Patchy fog before 3pm. High near 62. Southwest wind 5 to 10 mph. Chance of precipitation is 100%. New precipitation amounts between a tenth and quarter of an inch possible.”
For tonight: “Rain likely. Patchy fog before 10pm. Otherwise, cloudy, with a low around 33. West wind 5 to 10 mph. Chance of precipitation is 70%. New precipitation amounts between a tenth and quarter of an inch possible.”
There’s also 40% chance of snow and wintry mix on Friday morning.
The Oconaluftee Island Park and Cherokee County Rest Area, near U.S. Hwy. 74 are closed due to flooding.
Portions of Tucker White, Hollar, and Beaver Creek Road are also experiencing flooding.
NCDOT and state patrol are monitoring the situation at the Nantahala Gorge, where water is running across in several spots.
In Andrews, Aquone Road is closed due to an early morning mudslide. Officials advise to take US 19/129.
Cherokee County Schools closed for the day with an optional workday for teachers. They haven’t released a decision about tomorrow as out 2:07 p.m.
Tri-County Community College notified students that it will be closed all day Thursday and Friday.
Clay County’s witnessed similar weather conditions.
Please take your time if heading out in this weather and be prepared to take alternate routes.
Feature image courtesy of Caitlin Hinkle of Beaver Ridge Road.
This information is from the National Weather Service. To see the full NWS Radar Image for Georgia please follow the link.
The remnants of Tropical Storm Cindy will push east through the weekend. Expect the moisture associated with TS Cindy to interact with a boundary that will move south across the region through Saturday night. Given the already saturated soils and plentiful moisture expected with this front, we may see more flooding issues, especially across north GA.
Over the past 24 hours, we have observed 1-3 inches of rainfall, mainly north of I-20. This will be the main area of concern in terms of flooding potential.
Flash Flood Watch is in effect across north GA (along and north of I-20).
From 2 PM this afternoon through 8 PM Saturday evening.
An additional 1-2 inches with locally higher amounts is possible, potentially within the metro Atlanta area and points north and west. This may lead to flooding in low lying and flood prone areas, especially in urban areas and along Interstate 20. In addition, creeks, streams and rivers may overflow their banks.
Heavy rains and thunderstorms throughout the night caused flooding in multiple areas in North Georgia. Rains and thunderstorms were steady throughout the night and into the morning with another round expected later today, Christmas Eve 2015.
Reports and photos coming in show areas in Fannin, Gilmer, and Pickens Counties where flood waters are rising. FYN has reports of roads covered in water, bridges closed or out, and other areas under water.
Authorities warn citizens to use caution and do not enter areas where you cannot tell how deep the water may be. We will bring additional information as received.