Elsa rainfall totals, flood forecasts

Tropical Storm Elsa released plenty of rain over central North Carolina today; less so for the eastern region. The National Hurricane Center forecasted flash and urban flooding of some streams and creeks in the central part of the state; no flooding was expected in the lower parts of the Neuse and Tar-Pamlico watersheds. To see current stream and creek flood warnings in the Raleigh area, go here. 

Over the next few days, the heavy rainfall of today will result in higher levels downstream, but will not approach minor flood stages: Tar River at Rocky Mount, flood stage 21 feet, is expected to crest Saturday at 8.7 feet; Neuse River at Clayton, flood stage 9 feet, is expected to crest at 4.6 feet on Friday; Neuse River at Smithfield, flood stage 15 feet, is expected to crest at 11.7 feet on Saturday. For more information about how much rain Elsa delivered to your area, visit here. 

We’ll be updating with any water-quality issues caused by Elsa rainfall in our watersheds.