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NOUS42 KGSP 300258  
PNSGSP  
GAZ010-NCZ033-048>053-058-059-062>065-501>510-SCZ001>003-301600-  
 
PUBLIC INFORMATION STATEMENT  
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE GREENVILLE-SPARTANBURG SC  
1044 PM EDT TUE MAY 29 2018  
 
...INCREASED THREAT OF LANDSLIDES AND DEBRIS FLOWS ACROSS THE  
MOUNTAINS AND FOOTHILLS THROUGH WEDNESDAY NIGHT...  
 
ADDITIONAL ROUNDS OF HEAVY TROPICAL RAINFALL ARE EXPECTED ACROSS  
THE SOUTHERN APPALACHIANS TONIGHT, AND POSSIBLY INTO WEDNESDAY,  
AS THE REMNANTS OF ALBERTO PASS BY TO THE WEST OF THE MOUNTAINS.  
ADDITIONAL RAINFALL AMOUNTS OF 1 TO 3 INCHES ARE POSSIBLE IN AND  
NEAR THE MOUNTAINS, AND THIS RAIN WILL FALL ON LOCATIONS ALREADY  
SATURATED BY RAINFALL OVER THE PAST TWO WEEKS.  
 
THIS SETUP HAS INCREASED THE THREAT OF SLOPE FAILURES AND  
LANDSLIDES SHOULD THE HEAVY RAIN DEVELOP AS EXPECTED. RAINFALL OF  
FIVE INCHES OR MORE IN SIMILAR STORMS HAS BEEN ASSOCIATED WITH  
THE INCREASED RISK OF LANDSLIDES AND ROCKSLIDES.  
 
LANDSLIDES, INCLUDING FAST-MOVING DEBRIS FLOWS CONSISTING OF  
WATER, MUD, FALLING ROCKS, TREES, AND OTHER LARGE DEBRIS,  
ARE MOST LIKELY WITHIN SMALL VALLEYS THAT DRAIN STEEP SLOPES.  
LANDSLIDES ARE POWERFUL AND POTENTIALLY DEADLY, CAPABLE OF  
WASHING OUT ROADS, BRIDGES, AND HOMES. PEOPLE LIVING IN AREAS  
PRONE TO LANDSLIDES SHOULD BE AWARE OF THE DANGER AND BE PREPARED  
TO ACT.  
 
HERE ARE RECOMMENDED ACTIONS TO CONSIDER BOTH AHEAD OF THE STORM  
AND WHEN THE HEAVY RAIN BEGINS.  
 
BEFORE THE STORM:  
 
1. IF YOU LIVE ON A MOUNTAINSIDE OR IN A COVE AT THE BASE OF A  
MOUNTAIN, ESPECIALLY NEAR A STREAM, BE READY TO LEAVE IN ADVANCE  
OF THE STORM OR AS QUICKLY AS POSSIBLE SHOULD RISING WATER,  
MOVING EARTH, OR ROCKS THREATEN. IDENTIFY A STURDY SHELTER ON  
HIGHER GROUND SUCH AS A WELL-BUILT HOME, CHURCH, OR SCHOOL.  
 
2. STAY ALERT. MONITOR NOAA WEATHER RADIO OR LOCAL MEDIA FOR  
POSSIBLE FLASH FLOOD WARNINGS.  
 
DURING THE STORM:  
 
1. AVOID DRIVING NEAR STEEP SLOPES OR CROSSING STREAM  
VALLEYS, PARTICULARLY AT NIGHT. NEVER TRY TO DRIVE ACROSS A  
FLOODED ROAD. POTENTIAL HAZARDS TO DRIVERS INCLUDE WASHED-OUT  
ROADS, BRIDGES, AND FALLING OR FLOWING LARGE DEBRIS. TURN  
AROUND, DON'T DROWN!  
 
2. IMMEDIATELY MOVE AWAY FROM STEEP SLOPES AND SMALL STREAMS IN  
STEEP VALLEYS. SEEK REFUGE ON HIGHER GROUND AWAY FROM STREAMS,  
PREFERABLY IN A STURDY SHELTER.  
 
3. STAY ALERT. MANY LANDSLIDE FATALITIES OCCUR WHEN PEOPLE ARE  
SLEEPING. BE AWARE THAT SHORT INTENSE BURSTS OF RAINFALL ARE MOST  
LIKELY TO CAUSE LANDSLIDES.  
 
4. KEEP TUNED TO NOAA WEATHER RADIO OR LOCAL MEDIA FOR THE LATEST  
WARNINGS AND STATEMENTS REGARDING THIS POTENTIALLY DANGEROUS  
WEATHER EVENT.  
 
MORE INFORMATION ON SAFETY AND PREPAREDNESS FOR POTENTIAL  
LANDSLIDES CAN BE FOUND AT:  
 
LANDSLIDES.USGS.GOV/LEARN/PREPARE.PHP  
 
FOR GENERAL FLOOD SAFETY AND PREPARATION ADVICE, PLEASE VISIT:  
 
WWW.READY.GOV/FLOODS  
 
ADDITIONAL WEATHER INFORMATION AND UPDATES ON THIS POTENTIALLY  
DANGEROUS WEATHER SITUATION CAN BE FOUND AT:  
 
WWW.WEATHER.GOV/GSP  
 

 
 
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