TOMPKINS COUNTY, N.Y. — With continued rain on the forecast, the National Weather Service has issued a flash flood watch for Tompkins County and much of Central New York.

The flash flood watch is in effect until Wednesday evening, along with a hazardous weather outlook.

The rain continues to saturate the soil in the watch area, the NWS says, and thunderstorms with “very heavy rainfall rates” are likely to continue through Wednesday. More rain adding to the already saturated soil could lead to flash flooding.

“In addition, minor flooding may occur along the main stem rivers, but this is mainly a flash flood event for small streams, creeks and urban areas,” the NWS says.

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In the past 24 hours, Ithaca has received about 1 inch of rain. Newfield has received about 1.88 inches of rain and West Danby about 1.44 inches, according to the NWS.

The Ithaca Fire Department warns local residents to check their basements and make sure sump pumps are working, and to never drive through flooded roads.

In addition to the flash flood watch, a hazardous weather outlook has also been posted. Unsettled weather with thunderstorms is expected to continue through the week. There is a potential for some stronger thunderstorms to develop on Friday, and a few could be severe. Check for updates on alerts at

Featured image: File photo of rain in Downtown Ithaca on July 23. 

Kelsey O'Connor

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