Heavy rainfall expected for Chatham County until Sunday

Pittsboro, NC –  Hurricane Joaquin combined with another low pressure system moving through is expected to bring as much as 10 inches of rain to some parts of Chatham County through Monday.  Residents and businesses are advised to prepare for periods of flash flooding.

hurricanejoaquinForecasters still are not sure exactly if or when Hurricane Joaquin will make landfall, but regardless, the Triangle region is expecting periods of heavy to moderate rain until Sunday. The most immediate impacts will be flash flooding on roadways and stormwater drains.  However, rivers and streams also may be impacted.

If Joaquin does make landfall on or near the North Carolina coast, very gusty winds also could be a problem, especially for mature trees with saturated roots.  At this time, most forecasters are predicting that the hurricane will stay offshore as it passes North Carolina, but the track could change.

A low pressure area developing over Alabama will bring rain to our area tonight in advance of Joaquin’s arrival, so rivers and streams will already be carrying a lot of water.

“The most important point is to stay tuned to television and radio for updated flooding information,” said Janet Scott, director of Chatham County Emergency Management. “Better still, sign up to get weather notices through CodeRED .”

The link to sign up or add more telephones to CodeRED can be found as a news item on the Chatham County homepage at:  www.chathamnc.org<http://www.chathamnc.org>