Flood watch issued as NC storms could dump 5 inches of rain

STATESVILLE, N.C. (AP) — A flash flood watch has been issued for much of western North Carolina as forecasters warn slow moving storms could dump inches of rain in just a few hours.

The National Weather Service issued the watch for the Piedmont from Charlotte to Greensboro, the foothills and the mountains from Asheville to Boone until Friday morning.

Forecasters say slow-moving storms will drop 1 to 3 inches of rain in just a few hours. Some areas could see up to 5 inches.

Slow moving storms have already caused flooding in Statesville. Forecasters say 7 inches of rain fell near the city on Wednesday, causing creeks to spill over their banks and flooding of several businesses and neighborhoods.

No one was injured, but several construction workers had to be rescued by boat.

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