The Yadkin County Emergency Operations Center is on partial activation as local officials monitor storm conditions in the county and around the state. According to the National Weather Service in Blacksburg, Virginia, Hurricane Joaquin is now forecast to move away from the U.S., but heavy rain and flooding is still expected.
James Collins, Yadkin County EMS operations manager, said that there could be some flooding in the area, more likely to be seen on Monday. At this time, he said fallen trees and power lines are more of a concern for Yadkin County.
“A lot of the river flooding could happen on the back side of this on Monday,” Collins said.
In the county EOC center, national weather, local weather and the future forecast are all being monitored, as is the web-based Emergency Operations Center (EOC) for the entire state. Collins said the web EOC is a good way to see potential hazards coming. For example, flooding in rivers upstream from Yadkin County would appear on the screen once reported and that would alert Yadkin County officials to be aware of potential flood hazards on the way. Through the web EOC, county officials could also request additional assistance from the state should they need it.
Collins again reminded the public not to drive through standing water on the roadways as it could potentially sweep the vehicle from the road. The state has been using the motto “turn around, don’t drown” to remind travelers of the dangers of standing water on the roadways.
Downed power lines should always be considered live and dangerous, Collins added. He cautioned residents to contact the power company or local emergency officials should a tree fall on a power line and not to try to cut or remove the tree themselves.
Flash flood watch and a high wind watch are both currently in effect for Yadkin and the surrounding areas.
Rain is expected for most the day and night, with precipitation being heavy at times. On Saturday heavy rain continues with Northeast wind around 15 mph and gusts as high as 25 mph.
For more information, go to ReadyNC.org or download the free ReadyNC app for real-time weather, flooding, traffic and shelter information.
Kitsey Burns Harrison may be reached at 336-679-2341 or on Twitter @RippleReporterK.