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Heavy rains

Area receives over 4 inches of rain over past few days

TRYON—Just after high winds knocked out power for much of the area, flooding occurred this week, closing several roads. 

Polk County Schools were on a 2-hour delay Thursday because of flooding in roads, including main roads, such as Highway 9. 

The area received 4.47 inches of rain from Nov. 9-Nov. 12, which is more than 2 inches what the area normally receives during the month of November, according to the National Weather Service. 

The most rain came on Wednesday, at 2.23 inches of rain. Tuesday received 2.11 inches of rain, according to the NWS. 

Weather data is taken for the area at the Tryon Water Plant off Carolina Drive. The data is reported daily to the NWS. 

The normal for the area is 1.97 inches for the month of November. 

With this week’s rain, the month of November has already received 4.6 inches of rain, according to the NWS. 

The Town of Tryon recently hired engineers to inspect the Lake Lanier Dam and had begun lowering the lake for the inspection. This week’s rain pushed the lake levels back to spilling over the dam. 

Forecasts are temperatures to drop some but for sunny skies on Saturday. There is a 40 percent chance of rain on Sunday. Temperatures are forecast to be in the 50s and 60s next week, with lows in the 30s and 40s.