CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- A series of thunderstorms moving across western North Carolina has triggered what meteorologists are calling major flash flooding.

The Charlotte Observer reports that parts of Catawba and surrounding counties were under water Saturday. Catawba County officials say some of the worst flash flooding in decades followed a nearly stationary weather system that dumped more than 12 inches of rain in the area.

Hickory Mayor Rudy Wright is telling residents to stay indoors and away from flooded roads and washed-out bridges.

Officials say high water will move down the Catawba River later Saturday.

It is at least the fourth major flash flooding event in the Charlotte region in the past month. Several miles of Interstate 85 in Cabarrus County was closed for a short time Saturday due to high water.


Information from: The Charlotte Observer,