The National Weather Service in Buffalo has issued a flash flood watch for Chautauqua, Cattaraugus, and Allegany counties.

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The Flash Flood watch will begin at 2 pm and last until 11 pm tonight. Heavy rain and thunderstorms are expected to deliver 1-2 inches of rain on top of the rain that the area got over the weekend and that could lead to flash flooding in those counties.

The weather system could also produce wind gusts of 40 mph or higher and possible heavying lighting strikes in isolated areas.

If you are in the Southern Tier this afternoon, The National Weather Service in Buffalo is advising you to seek higher ground if the storms get bad near you and to be aware of possible flooding near creeks, and rivers.

Also, remember to never cross a road that is flooded. If you cannot see the road markings due to water, you should not try to cross the road. The NWS of Buffalo reminds you to "Don't Drown, Turn Around"

Also, they remind you not to walk across roads that are covered by water as well. It only takes six inches of water to knock you off your feet and sweep you down where the water is flowing.

Possible heavy rain and thunderstorms are expected on Tuesday as well, so as you travel across the Southern tier, make sure to be alert to your surroundings and possible flooding near you.

This risk for flash watch is marginal in the Southern Tier which means that if any flooding does occur it will be isolated and in areas that are prone to flood.


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