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2 to 4 inches of rain possible

By Craig Webb • Updated Sep 7, 2018 at 1:39 PM

First came the heat.

Now we have to worry about the rain.

The National Weather Service offered an early warning Thursday that heavy rain could be heading toward Ohio this weekend.

The remnants of Tropical Storm Gordon will move into the region over the weekend, bringing widespread heavy rain Saturday night into early Monday. The storm already has drenched parts of the south.

Forecasters say there’s still some “uncertainty” about the exact path Gordon will take but preliminary models show it heading pretty much straight toward Ohio.

And that could mean rain and a lot of it.

Although uncertainty remains in the placement of the heaviest rainfall, many areas could see 2 to 4 inches of rain, with local amounts of 5 inches or more. Minor to moderate flooding is expected on most area rivers with the potential for some rivers to reach major flood stage. Flooding of low lying areas and poor drainage areas can also be expected.

Northeast winds will increase to 20 to 30 knots on Lake Erie on Saturday, causing water levels to rise along the lakeshore on the western basin.

Lakeshore flooding is possible early Sunday morning before winds shift around to the southeast. A high swimming risk can also be expected at most Lake Erie beaches.

The Browns opener could be a wet one, too.

Gordon — the storm, not the player — could drop as much as 3 inches on FirstEnergy Stadium.

The heavy rains could lead to flooding in the area, particularly along rivers and streams, the weather service says.

The first sign of Gordon’s arrival will be the wind that is expected to gradually pick up Friday and Saturday ahead of showers Saturday night with steady rain on tap Sunday.

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