Flash Flood Watch issued for Orleans, most of WNY

By Tom Rivers, Editor Posted 14 July 2015 at 12:00 am

Photo by Tom Rivers

ALBION – This photo shows a tugboat reflected in the Erie Canal in Albion last week on a tranquil evening.

A flash flood watch has been issued today from noon to midnight for Orleans County and most of Western and Central New York.

The National Weather Service says scattered to numerous showers and thunderstorms will develop across the region this afternoon through evening.

“The storm will be heavy rain producers and will track slowly or even become nearly stationary by later this afternoon,” the Weather Service said. “Excessive rainfall produced by localized heavy rainfall will result in rapid rises on small streams and creeks in addition to poor drainage areas.”

The Weather Service advises residents to be prepared to act quickly and get to higher ground if the storms produce prolonged heavy rainfall.