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Update at 4:11 p.m. —  A flash flood warning has been issued in Tompkins, Cortland and other Southern Tier counties until 2 a.m. Wednesday.

The National Weather Service is reporting that 1 to 1.5 inches of rain an hour is possible during the storms. Up to 3 inches of rainfall is possible throughout the storms, which could cause flash flooding.

Update at 1:58 p.m. — The National Weather Service is predicting 30 – 40 mph winds and up to 1.5 inches of rain an hour during Tuesday’s thunderstorms in Tompkins County.

The weather service issued a special weather statement saying the storm was about 8 miles northeast of Ithaca around 1:40 p.m. and is moving northeast about 25 mph.

The storm will be in Virgil and South Cortland around 2:05 p.m. and moved through the area to Preble, Truxton and Solon by 2:30 p.m.

The downpour could cause flash flooding in some areas.

The Weather Channel is predicting that the likelihood for storms in Ithaca will decrease from 5 to 7 p.m., but increase back to a 75 percent chance of heavy thunderstorms by 8 p.m.

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ITHACA, N.Y. — Heavy rain and thunderstorms could cause flash flooding throughout the Southern Tier and Central New York, the National Weather Service reports.

A hazardous weather outlook has been issued for Tompkins, Schuyler, Chemung and other nearby counties.

Screenshot from the National Weather Service

The weather service says widespread showers and scattered thunderstorms are expected to develop this afternoon and last into the evening. Heavy rain from some of the storms could cause flash flooding.

The Weather Channel says a 95 percent chance for scattered thunderstorms and rain will start in Ithaca around 3 p.m. The chance for showers is expected to last until the early morning hours Tuesday.

This is a developing story. Check back later for more information.

Jolene Almendarez

Jolene Almendarez is Managing Editor at The Ithaca Voice. She can be reached at jalmendarez@ithacavoice.com; you can learn more about her at the links in the top right of this box.