Flash Flood Watches Issued as Strong Storms Develop

A Flash Flood Watch has been issued for parts of New England. This watch has been issued because heavy rain or thunderstorms are expected, and some may drop enough rainfall in a short period of time to produce rapid flooding on area streams, rivers, and roadways. Our Early Warning Weather Team is providing live radar coverage on-air and online – if your neighborhood is in a Flash Flood Watch, be alert to weather updates to see if extreme rainfall is headed your way. Be prepared to seek higher ground on short notice if water rises quickly, and when traveling, use extreme caution, staying aware of the potential for road washouts and dangerous ponding of water, all coupled with near-zero visibility at times in heavy rainfall.

As always, your Early Warning Weather Team will continue to provide radar analysis, street-level forecasts, critical information to save life and property, and suggested actions through our continuing coverage. In addition to our live coverage, you can stay up-to-date with the latest weather information via our weather page, and our mobile app.

Earlier blog below:

While the nation’s eyes are on Hurricane Irma – now a ferocious Category Five Hurricane approaching the Eastern Caribbean – here in New England our sights are on a disturbance that should result in some strong thunderstorms later today and this evening.

Warm and humid air is setting up across the six-state region, with dew point temperatures climbing through the 60s and temperatures rising into the 80s today, setting the stage for an evening disturbance to bubble up storms with some localized damaging wind, hail, heavy rain and lightning, and it’s not impossible to find an isolated weak tornado, with the greatest risk found from Central & Southern VT into Central/Northern NH and Central ME.

Farther south, most of the day is storm-free, but humid downpours start drifting in overnight tonight and last off and on through Wednesday, producing locally torrential rain at times in a soupy, tropical air. Drier air returns Thursday for a great New England Patriots home opener, then cooler fall air delivers a great early autumn weekend. As for Irma, she will approach Florida by the weekend and prepare to make a sharp northward turn – where that turn happens will be key to the forecast, but either way, we have some of Irma’s moisture raising the chance for rain next week in our exclusive Early Warning Weather 10-day forecast.

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