The National Weather Service has issued a Flash Flood Watch which goes into effect from Midnight tonight through Saturday morning.

NEW THREAT:  Showers and thunderstorms capable of producing heavy rain are expected to develop along a stalled frontal boundary tonight into Saturday morning. These storms may be capable of producing one to one and three quarters inches of rainfall with localized higher amounts. This rainfall, occurring over moist soils may result in flooding of poor drainage areas, and rapid runoff may cause rapid rises on area streams, creeks, and rivers. THREAT:  We remain in the “Slight” risk category for severe weather. Large hail, gusty winds, and tornadoes are possible Saturday evening.  Strong winds with gust 40-50 mph are still forecast for Sunday.

flash-flood-watchIMPACT:  Flooding of low lying areas, ditches, creeks and retention ponds.  Ponding on road surfaces, with water possibly flooding out some traveled sections of roads for a period of time. Rise in river levels.

 PREPAREDNESS INFORMATION:  A Flash Flood Watch means that conditions may develop that lead to flash flooding. Flash flooding is a very dangerous situation.  You should monitor later forecasts and be prepared to take action should Flash Flood Warnings be issued.

Secure loose objects outdoors that can be blown around and cause property damage.  Check batteries in flashlights to be sure they are working properly. Be mindful of water across roads and never drive through flooded areas.  Monitor local news for weather updates and be prepared to take shelter should severe weather threaten.