A swollen Big Creek in Downtown La Follette in July 2019.
LAFOLLETTE, TN (WLAF) – Periods of heavy rain are expected starting today and continuing through Thursday. Today`s rainfall will create favorable conditions for flash flooding with another round of heavy rain tonight and Thursday. Showers and thunderstorms that repeatedly track over the same areas could result in flash flooding of creeks and streams tonight and Thursday. Rainfall totals of 2 to 4 inches are expected across the area with locally higher amounts possible. Isolated strong to severe storms with damaging wind gusts will also be possible tonight. The potential for heavy rain and flooding will continue through Thursday evening.
From Wednesday evening through late Thursday evening expect:
* Rainfall amounts of 2 to 4 inches are expected with isolated higher amounts.
* Heavy rain with showers and thunderstorms could cause flash flooding. People in the watch area should be aware of the possibility of rapidly rising creeks and streams. Avoid low lying areas…and be careful when approaching highway dips and underpasses. Never attempt to drive across a flooded road.
A Flash Flood Watch means that conditions may develop that lead to flash flooding. Flash flooding is a very dangerous situation.You should monitor later forecasts and be prepared to take quick action if flooding is observed or a Flash Flood Warning is issued. If you come to a closed or flooded road …turn around! Don`t drown! (WLAF NEWS PUBLISHED – 02/05/2020-6AM)