The beginning of a storm system expected to last a week or more flooded roads, downed power lines and trees and dumped several inches of rain on Henderson County and the surrounding area Wednesday.
Daily showers and thunderstorms are expected to last at least into Tuesday, according to the National Weather Service. Both Henderson and Transylvania counties were under flood warnings through Wednesday night. Flood warnings were expected to continue near the French Board River into Thursday.
As of early Wednesday evening, nearly 4,700 customers were without power in Henderson County, and almost 100 were in the dark in Transylvania County.
Flooding will continue to be a major concern in the days ahead, according to Patrick Moore, meteorologist with the NWS in Greer, South Carolina.
Through Tuesday night up until late Wednesday afternoon, around 6 inches of rain fell on Hendersonville. About 3-and-a-half inches came down on the northern part of the county near Fletcher, 2 to 3 inches close to Edneyville, and 5 inches near Etowah.
Approximately 6 to 7 inches poured over Brevard in Transylvania County by Wednesday afternoon.
Both counties will see at least 1 to 2 more inches of rain through Friday, Moore said, and many areas could see two to three times that amount.
"That is the problem with this type of situation. It is a tropical kind of rain and it is hard to predict," Moore said.
The Henderson County Rescue Squad responded to multiple calls for service regarding stranded vehicles and high water Wednesday, according to Henderson County Emergency Services Director Jimmy Brissie.
The worst of the flooding throughout the day was in the parts of Kanuga Road, Greenville Highway and Spartanburg Highway. Barricades were also put up on Jackson Road and Howard Gap Road. Erkwood Road and South Grove, Casewell, Church and King streets also had flooding issues.
Duncan Hill Road at Moore Equipment was down to one lane due to a sink hole, according to the Henderson County Sheriff’s Office.
The public is urged not to drive through barricaded areas, and residents should follow all directions from emergency service workers. Floodwaters can quickly cause roadway erosion and sinkholes.
Several businesses and parking lots were flooded in both counties. The Ingles on Spartanburg Highway experienced heavy flooding in its parking lot. The grocery store location in Brevard temporarily closed due to a roof leak. The Beverly Hanks Center in Hendersonville closed due to flooding.
High waters shut the gates in Jackson Park, and flooding was also a concern in Patton Park.
Mud Creek near Erkwood Drive in Hendersonville was nearly flooded by early Wednesday, along with Little River near the Transylvania/Henderson county line. Bat Fork Creek and the French Broad River reached flood stage.
A record rainfall of 2.76 inches was set in Asheville Wednesday for May 16, which breaks the old record of .79 inches set in 1913, according to the NWS.
The Asheville Regional Airport is a climate collection center and historical data is not kept for all surrounding areas, Chris Horne, meteorologist with NWS in Greer, S.C. explained, so it is unknown where and if Wednesday’s storm broke records.
"There certainly is a notable amount of moisture coming through," Horne added.
The storm system will at least provide a break from high temperatures. The forecast calls for highs in the low 70s and 60s over the next several days.
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