Flood watch for parts of central & northern New York


***UPDATED at 6:50 AM Tuesday***

A flood WATCH is in effect for the following counties:
--Oswego, Jefferson, and Lewis counties until 7 PM Wednesday.
--Oneida county until 1 AM Thursday.

Flood watches are issued to inform the public that the current and developing weather pattern is such that there is a potential for flooding over portions of our area. The occurrence of flooding is neither certain nor imminent. Check flood action plans, keep informed, and be ready to take necessary actions if a warning is issued or flooding is observed. A watch does not mean flooding is occurring now. When a flood warning is issued then the threat for imminent flooding danger is already happening or is about to happen.

Meteorologist Peter Hall has written an extensive web story. Click here for specifics regarding flooding.

If your area has a 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
-- 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.

If you want to send us a picture or video of flooding, do it safely. Then, please go to our mobile app and click on the “see it send it” Burst application. It is a quick and easy way of sharing your videos and pictures!

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