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      Flood watch in effect for parts of Central New York

      A flood watch is in effect through Saturday morning for the following counties:

      -- Herkimer

      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. 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. A warning is issued when flooding weather is imminent.

      There is also a urban and small stream flood advisory in effect for parts of central New York for parts of Thursday.

      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 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

      -- Triple Doppler Radar -- Lightning Strikes: Lightning Strikes -- Watches/Warnings (Make sure to hit the 'F5' key to refresh the page.)

      -- Follow CNY Central Meteorologists on Twitter

      If you see a severe weather, damaging winds, hail, or flooding, please let us know on Facebook or by e-mail at weather@cnycentral.com or news@cnycentral.com.