Flood watch 051820

MOUNT VERNON -- If you see an ark float by, jump aboard. It's that kind of day on Monday, May 18.

Even those self-quarantining due to COVID-19 realize it's been raining all day in north central Ohio. And that's just going to continue.

The National Weather Service office in Cleveland has issued lots of watches and warnings today, including a flood watch for an area that includes Richland, Ashland, Knox and Crawford counties through Tuesday morning.

Showers and thunderstorms are bringing excessive rainfall to the area today and tonight before diminishing on Tuesday.

A flood watch is issued when there is a potential for flooding. Residents should monitor weather forecasts and remain alert for possible flood warnings. Those in areas prone to flooding should be prepared to take action should a flood warning be issued or if flooding develops.

The flood watch was expanded earlier today to include areas more susceptible to flooding due recent rain events that have swollen area creeks and saturated the ground.

Moisture from the Gulf of Mexico will continue to stream into the region today into tonight, which will support multiple rounds of moderate to heavy

Rain could become torrential at times with rates of more than 2 inches an hour. This will lead to rapid runoff and an increased risk of flash flooding, in addition to river and stream flooding.

If you are the kind of person who likes weather more suited to a duck or goose, you're in luck this week. If you failed to get your yard mowed this past weekend, you may need a baler by the time's dry enough to do it.

On Tuesday, showers are likely, mainly before 11 a.m. There is a chance of showers Tuesday night, also.

There is a slight chance of more showers Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and, well, let's worry about the weekend after we swim to it.

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