Flood watch, wind advisory issued

Gusty showers and thunderstorms could produce wind gusts of 50 mph or more.
Norwalk Reflector Staff
Feb 20, 2014

The National Weather Service in Cleveland has issued a pair of alerts that affect residents in Huron County and the surrounding areas.

A flood watch will be in effect from 3 p.m. today through Friday morning.

A wind advisory will be in effect from 10 p.m. today until 7 p.m. Friday.

Flooding from snow melt, ice jams and rain are possible this afternoon into Friday. Also, gusty showers and thunderstorms tonight could produce wind gusts of 50 mph or more. Winds will continue to gust to more than 45 mph Friday.

Here are some details provided by the weather service:

FLOOD WATCH

RAIN AND THUNDERSTORMS WILL SPREAD ACROSS ALL OF NORTHERN OHIO
AND NORTHWEST PENNSYLVANIA TODAY AND CONTINUE INTO TONIGHT. THE
SNOW WILL CONTINUE TO MELT AND WILL CONTRIBUTE SIGNIFICANTLY TO
THE WATER RUNOFF ESPECIALLY SINCE THE GROUND WILL REMAIN FROZEN.
ICE JAMS ON AREA RIVERS POSE A THREAT OF SIGNIFICANT LOCALIZED
FLOODING.

* A COMBINATION OF MELTING SNOW AND RAIN WILL PRODUCE A THREAT OF
  FLOODING THIS AFTERNOON INTO FRIDAY. ICE JAMS ON AREA RIVERS MAY
  ALSO PRODUCE FLOODING. PONDING OF WATER AND FLOODING OF SOME
  ROADS AND BASEMENTS WILL ALSO BE POSSIBLE AS SNOW AND ICE MAY
  CONTINUE TO BLOCK SOME DRAINAGE SYSTEMS.

* RAINFALL WILL AVERAGE THREE QUARTERS OF AN INCH...WITH LOCALLY
  HIGHER AMOUNTS IN THUNDERSTORMS. HEAVIER RAIN WILL PRODUCE A
  RISK OF SIGNIFICANT FLOODING.

PRECAUTIONARY/PREPAREDNESS ACTIONS...

A FLOOD WATCH MEANS THERE IS A POTENTIAL FOR FLOODING BASED ON
CURRENT FORECASTS. YOU SHOULD MONITOR LATER FORECASTS AND BE
ALERT FOR POSSIBLE FLOOD WARNINGS. THOSE LIVING IN AREAS PRONE TO
FLOODING SHOULD BE PREPARED TO TAKE ACTION SHOULD FLOODING
DEVELOP. 

WIND ADVISORY

A STRONG COLD FRONT WILL MOVE ACROSS THE REGION TONIGHT. WINDS
WILL INCREASE AHEAD OF THE FRONT. WIND GUSTS IN EXCESS OF 45 MPH
WILL BE POSSIBLE IN ERIE COUNTY PENNSYLVANIA BY LATE AFTERNOON.
WINDS ELSEWHERE WILL INCREASE TONIGHT AS THE FRONT MOVES ACROSS
THE REGION. GUSTY SHOWERS AND THUNDERSTORMS TONIGHT COULD PRODUCE
WIND GUSTS OF 50 MPH OR MORE. WINDS WILL CONTINUE TO GUST TO MORE
THAN 45 MPH FRIDAY.

* WINDS...SOUTH WILL INCREASE TO 20 TO 35 MPH WITH GUSTS IN EXCESS
  OF 45 MPH TONIGHT WITH THE PASSAGE OF A COLD FRONT. SOUTHWEST
  WINDS BEHIND THE FRONT WILL CONTINUE TO GUST IN EXCESS OF 45 MPH
  FRIDAY.

* TIMING...LATE THIS EVENING TO FRIDAY EVENING.

* IMPACTS...A FEW LIMBS...TREES AND POWER LINES MAY BE BLOWN DOWN.
  LIGHT WEIGHT OBJECTS SUCH AS GARBAGE CANS WILL BE BLOWN AROUND.

PRECAUTIONARY/PREPAREDNESS ACTIONS...

A WIND ADVISORY IS ISSUED WHEN SUSTAINED WINDS ARE FORECAST TO BE
31 TO 39 MPH OR GUSTS WILL RANGE BETWEEN 46 AND 57 MPH. WINDS OF
THESE MAGNITUDES MAY CAUSE MINOR PROPERTY DAMAGE WITHOUT EXTRA
PRECAUTIONS. MOTORISTS IN HIGH PROFILE VEHICLES SHOULD USE
CAUTION UNTIL THE WINDS SUBSIDE.