- Hurricane Ian nears Category 5 strength as Florida braces for direct impact
- Texas closes Padre Island National Seashore beaches ahead of Hurricane Ian
- Hurricane Ian nears Florida landfall with 155 mph winds
- Hurricane Ian nears historic Category 5 status as it nears Florida landfall: Live updates
- 5 things to know today, including Hurricane Ian heading for Florida
This week marks North Carolina’s Severe Weather Preparedness Week and on Friday, emergency officials are focusing on the dangers of flash flooding.
“What’s interesting about Mecklenburg County is we have 3000 miles of creeks in our county. That’s like going all the way from east coast to west coast if you put them back to back,” said Char-Meck Storm Water services spokesman John Wendel.
And all the rain Charlotte’s seen lately will make flooding even more dangerous this spring.
“You don’t need as much rain to cause the flooding,” Wendel said.
Specifically, Wendel is talking about flash flooding.
“It rains, the water comes up, but when the rain stops, it goes down pretty quick,” Wendel said.