* AT 313 AM EST...NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE DOPPLER RADAR INDICATED A BAND OF HEAVY RAIN SHOWERS MOVING NORTHEAST AT 45 MPH ACROSS THE NORTHERN MOUNTAINS AND FOOTHILLS OF NORTH CAROLINA. THESE SHOWERS WERE PRODUCING RAINFALL AT RATES AROUND ONE INCH PER HOUR...AND THIS HEAVY RAIN WILL AFFECT LOCATIONS THAT HAVE ALREADY RECEIVED 1 TO 3 INCHES OF RAIN IN THE PAST 24 HOURS. * MANY STREAMS AND CREEKS ACROSS THE REGION WILL RISE TO BANKFULL...AND A FEW COULD FLOOD LOW LYING AREAS. DEEP PONDING OF WATER IS EXPECTED IN LOW SPOTS IN ROADWAYS. RUNOFF FROM THIS STORM WILL CAUSE RAPID RISES ALONG CREEKS AND STREAMS...ROADS AND ROADSIDE CULVERTS. THE HEAVY RAINS COULD ALSO TRIGGER ROCK AND MUDSLIDES IN STEEP TERRAIN. BE ESPECIALLY CAUTIOUS AT NIGHT WHEN IT IS HARDER TO RECOGNIZE THE DANGERS OF FLOODS. BE PREPARED TO MOVE UP TO HIGHER GROUND SHOULD FLOODING DEVELOP. DO NOT STAY IN AREAS SUBJECT TO FLOODING WHEN WATER BEGINS RISING...AND DO NOT ATTEMPT TO DRIVE THROUGH FLOODED ROADWAYS. it has been raining here for nearly 24 hours or more....the rain is just starting to cause torrents in the yard. during the 2004 flood you could hear the boulders in the creek moving and hitting each other..that is a sound i will never forget...people still underestimate the power of water.