Flash Flood Watch for Sussex, Caroline & Talbot Counties

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The National Weather Service has issued a Flash Flood Watch that affects the following WGMD locations:

Sussex County,DE
Caroline County,MD
Talbot County,MD

as well as – The Flash Flood Watch continues for portions of Delaware, northeast Maryland, New Jersey, and Pennsylvania, including the following areas, in Delaware, Kent and New Castle. In northeast Maryland, Cecil, Kent MD, and Queen Annes. In New Jersey, Atlantic, Atlantic Coastal Cape May, Camden, Cape May, Coastal Atlantic, Coastal Ocean,   Cumberland, Eastern Monmouth, Gloucester, Hunterdon, Mercer, Middlesex, Northwestern Burlington, Ocean, Salem, Somerset, Southeastern Burlington, and Western Monmouth. In
Pennsylvania, Berks, Delaware, Eastern Chester, Eastern Montgomery, Lehigh, Lower Bucks, Philadelphia, Upper Bucks, Western Chester, and Western Montgomery.
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URGENT – IMMEDIATE BROADCAST REQUESTED
Flood Watch
National Weather Service Mount Holly NJ
320 PM EDT Tue May 15 2018
…FLASH FLOOD WATCH REMAINS IN EFFECT UNTIL 2 AM EDT WEDNESDAY

The National Weather Service in Mount Holly has expanded the Flash Flood Watch to include portions of southern Delaware and northeast Maryland, including the following areas, in southern Delaware, Delaware Beaches and Inland Sussex. In northeast Maryland, Caroline and Talbot.

* Until 2 AM EDT Wednesday

* A line of intense thunderstorms is on track to move into the region from the northwest between 5 PM and 9 PM, continuing into this evening. There are indications that storms may
repeatedly move or train over the same areas, especially late this evening. Localized rainfall of one to three inches is likely where this occurs. Combined with the rainfall received  this past weekend, this may lead to a few instances of flash flooding.

* The areas at greatest risk are poor-drainage and urban locals, where rapid runoff may cause localized flash flooding. Quickly responding creeks and streams may also experience flooding in areas that receive the heaviest rainfall. In addition, storms are expected to move through the area during and just after the evening commute. Motorists should be prepared for torrential downpours and potential flooding as the storms move through.

PRECAUTIONARY/PREPAREDNESS ACTIONS…A Flash Flood Watch means that there is the potential for flash flooding which can be life-threatening. Heavy rain is expected to occur over a short period of time. Rapidly rising flood waters may quickly inundate roadways and areas of poor drainage. Streams and creeks could leave their banks, flooding nearby properties.

Please monitor the forecast, especially if you live in a location that is prone to flooding. Be prepared to take action if a flash flood warning is issued for your area.