A Flash Flood Watch is in effect for the following counties in central New York through 11pm this evening:
Onondaga, Cortland, Seneca, Southern Cayuga, Madison, Oneida & Yates
A Flash Flood Watch is issued when conditions may develop that lead to flash flooding. Flash flooding is a very dangerous situation. You should monitor the latest forecasts and radar, and be prepared to take action should Flash Flood Warnings be issued.
Additionally a Urban & Small Stream Flood Advisory is in effect for the following counties in central New York:
Southeastern Oneida until 10:45pm
Otsego until 11:15pm
An urban and small stream flood advisory means that excessive water runoff from heavy rain will cause small creeks & streams to rise. Expect some localized minor flooding in poor drainage areas, especially in low-lying spots and underpasses. Ponding of water will likely occur on some highways and streets.
If your area has an urban & small stream flood advisory, here is what you should do:
-- Slow down! Ponding of water on highways can cause vehicles to hydroplane and veer out of control.
-- Do not attempt to cross waters of unknown depth by foot, car, truck, or sports utility vehicle. Just one foot of water can carry vehicles away.
-- If your car stalls in a flooded or low-lying area, abandon it immediately.
-- Turn around, don??t drown. Find an alternative route.
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: 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.)
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