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Nate approaches: Flash Flood Watch, High Wind Watch issued for Sunday and Monday

There is also a High Wind Watch in effect from Sunday afternoon through Monday morning for some mountain counties: Swain, Haywood, Graham, Northern Jackson, Macon, Southern Jackson and Transylvania. (Image credit: WLOS staff)

Hurricane Nate will take aim at the Gulf Coast into late Saturday, likely making landfall into very early Sunday morning.

After that, its track will take it towards western N.C. through the day Sunday. This track will mean significant impacts for our region, with heavy rain and strong winds the biggest threats.

A Flash Flood Watch is in effect from Sunday evening through Monday morning for Graham, Haywood, Macon, Northern Jackson, Southern Jackson, Swain, and Transylvania Counties in the mountains. In Upstate South Carolina, the Oconee and Pickens mountains are affected.

There is also a High Wind Watch in effect from Sunday afternoon through Monday morning for Swain, Haywood, Graham, Northern Jackson, Macon, Southern Jackson and Transylvania Counties.

A High Wind Watch means there is the potential for a hazardous high-wind event. Sustained winds of at least 40 miles per hour, and gusts of 58 mph or stronger, might occur.

Excessive rainfall will likely cause general flooding of low-lying spots and even flash flooding for some areas, and strong winds will likely knock down tree limbs and even trees, causing power outages in areas.

Prepare now for deteriorating conditions Sunday afternoon into Sunday evening as rain and wind pick up. Please heed any warnings and be prepared to move to a safe place quickly.

Despite Nate's approach, Saturday should be relatively nice across the Carolinas before impacts ramp up into early Sunday. The earlier the better Saturday for any outdoor chores or tasks before the chance for showers begins to increase.

A few light showers are possible early across the Upstate and the southern slopes of the Blue Ridge, but for the most part shower activity in the Blue Ridge will be limited to a few light and scattered showers in the afternoon.

Those chances begin to pick up through Sunday morning with the heaviest rain and strongest winds expected Sunday afternoon through early Monday.

Stay with News 13 and WLOS for the latest weather and safety information.

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