This National Weather Service notification serves as warning that Western North Carolina landslides and slope failures are expected events during periods of heavy rainfall.In September 2004 Western North Carolina was in a state of emergency after landslides caused loss of life and widespread property damage.
The recent heavy rainfall across the area from Macon County to Henderson County North Carolina has increased the risk of slope failures and landslides if more heavy rain develops across the southern mountains today. An additional two or three inches…if it falls in a of period of one or two hours…could be enough to trigger slope movements…especially where hillsides have been modified by human activity.
Western North Carolina Landslides
Monday, September 21, 2009
Western North Carolina Landslides May Be Triggered by Heavy Rainfall
National Weather Service Bulletin—September 21, 2009