Flash Flood Warning extended for Orange, Durham counties

Durham County News
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DURHAM, N.C. (WNCN) — The National Weather Service in Raleigh has issued a Flash Flood Warning for Orange, Durham and Alamance Counties until 6:15 p.m.

Shortly after noon, Emergency Management officials reported heavy rain in those counties leading to heavy flooding on roadways. As of 3 p.m., officials reported flash flooding was underway.

A portion of Johnson Road in Durham County remains closed due to flooding.

Additionally, the Eno River in Hillsboro has risen above flood stage, with subsequent rises occurring along the Eno River eastward into Durham County. 

Up to two inches of rain have already fallen and another two inches are expected in some areas. Flash flooding is already occurring and likely to worsen over the next several hours, according to the National Weather Service.

Areas expected to flood include Durham, Chapel Hill, Burlington, Graham, Hillsborough, Carrboro,
Mebane, Elon College, Rougemont and Gibsonville.

The National Weather Service advises to use extreme caution if traveling in any of these areas, reminding motorists to “Turn around, don’t drown”  when encountering flooded roads. 

According to the National Weather Service, excessive runoff from the heavy rain will cause flash flooding of creeks and streams, roads, low lying and poor drainage areas. Do not drive your vehicle into areas where water covers the road. Many roads and intersections in the area will quickly flood. 

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