Weather Service Issues Flood Watch For Northwestern NC Counties

The two days of rain that has drenched North Carolina's drought-dry landscape is coming so heavy that 13 counties are now under flood watch.

The National Weather Service says seven counties in northwestern North Carolina and six in the southeastern part of the state could see flooding as another 2 to 5 inches of rain fall in areas already soaked by rain. Some areas north of the Triad have already seen up to 4 inches of rain over the past couple days.

Forecasters hope the rain will bring a little relief to the state's damaging drought. Gov. Mike Easley is asking Congress for money to help farmers hurt by the drought and water systems across the state are at critically low levels.

The weather service says rain should continue into Saturday.