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Flood watch now; gale warning later today

Register • Aug 27, 2014 at 3:19 PM

The National Weather Service has issued a flood watch in North Central Ohio, Erie County and Huron County. 

•Rain and possible thunderstorms will move through the area today, with some areas possibly receiving up to an additional inch of rainfall. The rain should start ending, from west to east, during the second half of the afternoon into early evening.

•The ground is already saturated from recent rainfall. Additional rain may cause flooding in low lying and poor drainage areas. Rivers and streams may also rise possibly out of their banks.

Precautionary/preparedness actions...

A flood watch means there is a potential for flooding based on current forecasts. You should monitor later forecasts and be alert for possible flood warnings. Those living in areas prone to flooding should be prepared to take action should flooding develop.

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A high-winds warning is in effect from 4 p.m. this afternoon to 4 a.m. Saturday.

•Winds: Southwest winds will increase to 35-knot gales by late this afternoon and remain high as they shift to the west overnight.

•Waves: In ice-free areas will reach up to 8 feet. The strong southwest to westerly winds could cause movement of any remaining ice.

Precautionary/preparedness actions...

A gale warning means winds of 34 to 47 knots are imminent or occurring. Operating a vessel in gale conditions requires experience and proper equipment. Mariners without the proper experience should seek safe harbor prior to the onset of gale conditions.

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