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Schuylkill County Flood Watch: 4 Inches of Rain Possible from Storms

Goes into effect starting at 2 p.m. today.

Schuylkill County, along with other parts of central Pennsylvania, is under a flood watch from 2 p.m. this afternoon through to this evening due to the threat of flash flooding from excessive rainfall, according to the National Weather Service.

Other areas of concern include Columbia, Lancaster, Lebanon, and Sullivan counties.

Forecasters predict scattered severe thunderstorms this afternoon and evening, capable of producing damaging winds of 60 mph or greater.

Locally heavy rainfall is expected across the watch area, with total rainfall amounts of 1-2 inches and localized amounts reaching up to 4 inches. These weather conditions are likely to trigger flash flooding.

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Today’s expected rainfall comes less than 2 weeks after much of Schuylkill County received close to 4 inches, and in some places much more, of rain.

The excessive runoff from heavy rainfall may result in the flooding of small creeks, streams, and other areas prone to flooding. Low-lying regions, areas with poor drainage, and urban locales are particularly at risk.

Residents are urged to stay alert and updated with the latest weather information. They are also reminded to never drive through flooded areas, as most flood deaths occur in vehicles.

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