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Flood watches issued in Erie, Huron counties due to expected rainfall beginning tonight

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Posted at 2:09 PM, Jan 09, 2020
and last updated 2020-01-09 14:09:37-05

CLEVELAND — The National Weather Service has issued flood watches in Erie and Huron counties to the moderate to heavy rain expected Friday evening through Saturday.

The Flood Watch went into effect at 1:25 p.m. Thursday and expires on Saturday, Jan. 11 at 10 p.m.

NWS Map
NWS Map - dark green indicates the area is under a flood watch.

According to the NWS, rain will develop Thursday evening with multiple rounds of moderate to heavy rain expected Friday evening through Saturday. Any rainfall will quickly run off, which may lead to flooding.

Total rainfall Thursday through Saturday will generally be 1 to 3 inches with higher amounts possible in isolated areas.

The risk of flooding will be elevated, particularly in poor draining areas, near creeks, streams and ditches, and in urban areas. Minor to moderate river flooding could develop this weekend.

The NWS advises residents to monitor the forecast and remain alert for possible flood warnings. Those in areas prone to flooding should be prepared to take action.