Several western North Carolina counties are encountering serious flooding problems.
Emergency management officials have reported that some roads are closed and rivers are over their banks in Madison and Mitchell counties. Officials report that numerous roads have been closed across the two counties including Highway 25/70 and Highway 208 and 212 in Madison County, while Mitchell County reported numerous roads closed throughout the county.
Residents in Mitchell County have been evacuated from homes as the rain has caused rivers and streams to overflow. American Red Cross authorities opened a emergency shelter in Mitchell County due to the flooding. but closed it about two hours later.
Henderson County officials have reported flooding along Jackson Road and Howard Gap Road, while Jackson Park in downtown Hendersonville has been closed due to flooding. The town's annual Fourth of July Parade has been canceled due to the possibility of severe weather. Cookies and punch will still be served Thursday afternoon inside the Curb Market and an ice cream social scheduled to be held outside the Historic Courthouse is set to continue on the front porch.
Avery, parts of Buncombe, Henderson, Madison, McDowell mountains, Mitchell, Transylvania and Yancey counties are all under a Flood Warning.