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May 14, 2014 - 12:40pm

Flash flood watch in effect this afternoon through Friday afternoon

posted by Billie Owens in weather.

A flash flood watch is in effect from 2 p.m. today through Friday afternoon. According to the National Weather Service, this includes portions of Western New York, including Genesee County and the City of Batavia.

The Weather Service says showers and thunderstorms are forecast to develop in a warm and humid airmass this afternoon and tonight. These storms will be capable of producing localized downpours with rainfall rates of 1 to 1.5 inches per hour. As a slow moving cold front approaches from the west, the showers and thunderstorms will become more widespread Thursday afternoon and night.

A flash flood means the threat of flash flooding exists along rivers and creeks. If you are in the watch area, you should monitor weather conditions closely. Be ready to move to higher ground if flooding is observed or a warning is issued.

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