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No new flooding issues overnight; more rain likely Friday

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CHARLOTTE, NC (WBTV) -

Flooding due to Tropical Storm Andrea appears to have been a bigger issue in Charlotte and surrounding Mecklenburg County on Thursday, than it is so far Friday. 

However, WBTV Ashley Batey says to prepare for a very wet Friday. She says some communities can still receive an additional inch of rain as some bands of weather are still expected to move through the Charlotte area.

A Flash Flood Watch is in effect for most of the viewing area until 6 p.m. Friday evening due to the anticipated heavy downpours from Andrea.

"The highest Doppler estimated totals have been in eastern Burke and western Catawba counties, but those totals are still estimates and around an inch," Batey said.

Batey added: "A good bet that many may still see an inch before all moves out, but that wraparound moisture that the models were showing (Thursday) has backed off significantly, thus the much lower estimates."

"Shower activity becomes sporadic after (7am).  Showers will still be in the forecast even tonight," Batey said.

Several creeks, including Sugar, McAlpine and Briar Creeks flooded on Thursday.

High waters along the Sugar Creek Greenway in midtown and Dilworth shut down Freedom Park before 6 p.m. Thursday night. As of Friday morning, the park is still closed.

The fast moving waters of the creek nearly reached a bridge over it and completely covered a walkway popular with runners like Brian Garrett, of Charlotte.

"I didn't expect it to be flooding the actual path," he said. "So I'm a little surprised at that -- the amount of rain. I knew we were getting a lot but not this much."

But others like James Watt who lives next to the park, said he used to the high waters.

"Anytime we've had really big rains, it's really narrow so it fills up fast," he said.

The S.C. Emergency Management Division, county emergency managers and state agencies are watching the latest forecasts and planning as necessary.  

Severe weather, tornadoes, heavy rains and flooding have already impacted many areas this week. 

"The bigger concern will be Friday. During the morning commute, we will see heavy downpours and flooding will be possible throughout the day on Friday," Batey said.

SCEMD urges everyone to listen to NOAA Weather Radio, local media, review emergency plans and use caution as conditions warrant. 

Be aware that tropical storms can form tornadoes. Pay attention to NOAA Weather Radio alerts for your area and be prepared to seek shelter. 

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