Flood watch in effect from noon today through Tuesday morning as heavy rainfall to hit this afternoon
From Staff Reports
Other areas in the watch zone include the Smoky Mountains in Blount County, as well as Bledsoe, Smoky Mountains, Bradley, Campbell, Claiborne, East Polk, Grainger, Hamilton, Hancock, Maarion, McMinn, Meigs, Morgan, Rhea, Roane, Scott, Sequatchie and Union.
Rainfall is expected to be heavy at times from this afternoon through noon Tuesday, with between 2 and 4 inches in many locations, possibly up to 5 inches. The greatest rainfall amounts are expected to be along the Cumberland Plateau.
Although dry soil conditions and low river levels may help reduce the threat of widespread flooding, localized flooding will be possible -- particularly in the urban areas of Chattanooga and Knoxville.
A flood watch means that conditions are favorable for heavy rain, which may lead to flooding in and near the watch area. If you are in the watch area, keep an eye out for rising water or water over roadways. Keep informed and be ready for action if flooding is observed or if a flood warning is issued. If you come to a closed or flooded road, turn around! Don't drown!