A flash flood watch is in effect for parts of central New York.
This flash flood watch is in effect from 12pm-9pm Thursday for Onondaga County and all counties to the south and east.
Flash flood Watches are issued to inform the public that the current and/or developing weather pattern is such that there is a potential for flooding over portions of our area in a short period of time. The occurrence of flooding is neither certain nor imminent. Check flood action plans, keep informed, and be ready to take swift actions if a warning is issued or flooding is observed.. A watch does not mean flooding is occurring. A warning is issued when flooding weather is imminent.
If your area has a flash flood watch, here is what you should do:
-- Go about your normal activities, but be aware of the possibility of flooding developing if and/when heavy rain occurs.
-- Keep an eye on Interactive Doppler and Triple Doppler radars on CNYcentral.com.
-- Keep your phone with your CNYcentral mobile app turned on so if warnings are issued you will know.
-- Periodically check NBC-3, CBS-5 and CW-6 for updates on the weather and possible warnings.
-- Know which county you live in, and where you are in relation to streams, creeks or rivers, which can become killers in heavy rains.
-- If you live or work in an area which is prone to flooding, have a safe evacuation route to use if flooding occurs.
-- Have a battery operated radio, and several flashlights available and in working order.
Stay updated with this storm with these links:
-- Interactive Doppler Radar: http://www.cnycentral.com/weather/interactive.aspx
-- Triple Doppler Radar: http://www.cnycentral.com/weather/radar.aspx
-- Lightning Strikes: Lightning Strikes: http://www.cnycentral.com/weather/images/uploaded/lightning.JPG
-- Watches/Warnings: http://www.cnycentral.com/weather/images/uploaded/warnings.JPG (Make sure to hit the 'F5' key to refresh the page.)
-- Follow CNY Central Meteorologists on Twitter: http://twitter.com/CNYcentral/cnycentralweather
If you see a severe weather, damaging winds, hail, or flooding, please let us know on Facebook or by e-mail at email@example.com or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Here is detailed information on this warning from the National Weather Service:
NORTHERN ONEIDA-YATES-SENECA-SOUTHERN CAYUGA-ONONDAGA-STEUBEN-
INCLUDING THE CITIES OF...BOONVILLE...PENN YAN...SENECA FALLS...
340 AM EDT THU JUL 3 2014
...FLASH FLOOD WATCH IN EFFECT FROM NOON EDT TODAY THROUGH THIS
THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE IN BINGHAMTON HAS ISSUED A
* FLASH FLOOD WATCH FOR PORTIONS OF NEW YORK AND NORTHEAST
PENNSYLVANIA...INCLUDING THE FOLLOWING COUNTIES...IN NEW
SENECA...SOUTHERN CAYUGA...SOUTHERN ONEIDA...STEUBEN...
SULLIVAN...TIOGA...TOMPKINS AND YATES. IN NORTHEAST
WAYNE...PIKE...SOUTHERN WAYNE...SUSQUEHANNA AND WYOMING.
* FROM NOON EDT TODAY THROUGH THIS EVENING
* A SLOW MOVING COLD FRONT WILL INTERACT WITH WARM HUMID AIR OVER
CENTRAL NEW YORK AND NORTHEAST PENNSYLVANIA. THIS WILL CAUSE
SHOWERS AND THUNDERSTORMS TO DEVELOP THIS AFTERNOON THAT WILL
CONTINUE INTO THE EVENING. THUNDERSTORMS WITH HEAVY RAIN COULD
DROP ONE TO TWO INCHES OF RAIN IN LESS THAN AN HOUR. IN
ADDITION, SOME LOCATIONS ALREADY RECEIVED HEAVY RAIN THE LAST
TWO DAYS DUE TO THUNDERSTORMS.
* HEAVY RAIN OVER THE SAME LOCATIONS COULD PRODUCE SIGNIFICANT
FLASH FLOODING OF STREAMS, CREEKS, AND URBAN AREAS.
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.