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WNC residents near rivers, lakes told to be on alert as Hurricane Sally approaches

WNC residents near rivers, lakes told to be on alert as Hurricane Sally approaches
Crews in Western North Carolina are preparing for substantial rain as Hurricane Sally makes its way toward the Gulf Coast. (Photo credit: WLOS staff)

As Hurricane Sally makes its way toward the Gulf Coast, crews are preparing for substantial rain in Western North Carolina.

“We are moving water through our hydro-generating units, especially in the Nantahala,” Duke Energy spokesperson Kim Crawford said.

Duke Energy is working around the clock to lower lake levels in preparation of Sally.

As of Tuesday night, a spokesperson for the company said crews created about 10 feet of storage in Nantahala Lake, an area expected to be hit with up to 8 inches of rain.

“The lakes are low. We have pretty good storage, but you just don't know until the rain comes exactly how much is going to fall and exactly where it is going to fall,” Crawford said.

HURRICANE SALLY VS. OTHER SLOW THINGS

Parts of Henderson County is also expecting heavy rainfall.

Emergency Services is keeping an eye on Mud Creek in south Hendersonville, which has flooded during past storms.

“We will see some of those areas flood earlier than the French Broad River basin, which typically 24 hours later,” Henderson County Emergency Services Director Jimmy Brissie said.

Brissie said the area is expecting anywhere between 4 and 6 inches of rain between Tuesday and Friday, with the majority hitting Thursday afternoon.

“Equipment stays at a ready state all of the time, but it doesn't hurt just to go back through it and verify that boat motors run and the equipment is where it needs to be,” Brissie said.

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Emergency Services is asking drivers to stay alert and avoid flooded roads.

"Especially for people who live along lakes and along the river, who live in flood-prone areas, we really want them to pay attention and listen to local emergency officials for any special warnings,” Crawford said.

Duke Energy said, as of Tuesday, it is not expecting major outages.

Wind speeds are estimated to be between 10-15 miles per hour.

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