Norwalk Reflector: Flash flood watch in effect

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Flash flood watch in effect

• Sep 8, 2018 at 11:56 PM

The National Weather Service in Cleveland has issued a flash flood watch for Huron County and the surrounding areas that will be in effect until noon Monday.

Excessive rainfall is expected late tonight and all day Sunday.

Moisture associated with the tropical remnant low pressure system will continue to move into the local area through Monday morning. The combination of the low pressure system, abundant moisture, and a stationary front will cause a significant amount rain to possibly fall across the area through Monday.

The potentially heavy rainfall could also cause rivers and streams to go out of their banks during this time period. Areas that experience very heavy rain in a short amount of time could see flash flooding develop.

The flash food watch continues for portions of north central Ohio and northwest Ohio, including the following areas, in north central Ohio, Ashland, Crawford, Huron, Knox, Lorain, Marion, Morrow and Richland counties. In northwest Ohio, Hancock, Seneca and Wyandot counties.

Here are more details from the weather service:

* A widespread 2 to 3 inches of rain is expected through Sunday evening. Locally higher amounts are possible especially across southern Morrow and Knox Counties where up to 5 inches of rain could fall. The heaviest rain will occur late tonight and Sunday morning when rainfall rates could exceed an inch per hour. This amount of rain will cause rivers, streams and creeks to go out of their banks causing flooding. Some localized areas could see flash flooding due to heavy rain on saturated soils.

• Main stem river threats could include threats to property along the river banks due to flooding and to marinas including docks and marine vessels due to the rapid flow of the water downstream. Mariners should take precautions to protect their vessels.

• A flash flood watch is issued when there is a potential for flash flooding. Flash flooding is a very dangerous situation. Monitor the forecast and be prepared to take action should flash flood develop.

• Warnings will be issued if flooding develops.

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