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A flash flood watch remains in effect for the Lake Norman area until 8 p.m. Sunday, with the potential for more heavy rain feeding already swollen creeks.

“Rainfall rates on the order of 1 to 2 inches per hour will be possible in the heaviest downpours,” the National Weather Service warned in a bulletin Sunday. “Given wet soils and elevated stream flows from the rainfall of the past two days, additional heavy rainfall will likely lead to flooding and flash flooding.”

As much as 4 inches of rain could fall in the area through Tuesday, the weather service said.

There is a 70 percent chance of rain and storms through Monday night. High temperatures are expected in the mid-70s Sunday, and around 80 degrees Monday.

More than 1.5 inches of rain fell over a 24-hour period in some areas of northern Mecklenburg and southern Iredell counties.

In Lincoln County, three people died Saturday after their vehicle was submerged in 6 feet of water in a rain-swollen creek.

N.C. Emergency Management is reminding drivers that a vehicle can be swept away by as little as 6 inches of water on the road.

“If you see a barricade, find another route,” the agency said on Twitter. “Do not go around it.”


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