The Yadkin Valley is under a flash flood watch until Monday at midnight, as rains are expected to begin Friday evening as Hurricane Florence moves inland.
The flash flood watch includes Surry, Wilkes and Yadkin counties, as well as Alleghany, Ashe, Caswell, Rockingham, Stokes, Watauga in North Carolina and Carroll, Floyd, Grayson and Patrick in Virginia, according to the National Weather Service.
Heavy rain from Florence, which had been downgraded to a Category 1 hurricane with maximum sustained wind of 75 mph, could lead to flash flooding as 5 to 10 inches of rain are expected in the area. The majority of the heavier rain is forecast for Saturday afternoon through Monday.
In addition to the flash flood watch, the area could experience wind gusts up to 40 mph.
Florence, as it downgrades to a tropical storm, is expected to continue moving west across South Carolina through Saturday evening before turning north to toward the Appalachian Mountains and traveling up into Virginia and Kentucky. It is then, as a depression, forecast to turn northeast.
Local emergency officials continue to monitor Florence as it moves inland.
“We’re preparing for the worst, but hoping for the best,” said Keith Vestal, Yadkin County Emergency Services director, Friday morning.
Emergency officials in Surry and Yadkin counties are still urging caution as winds pick up and rain moves into the area to be careful around flooding waters and roadways.