TOMPKINS COUNTY, N.Y. — Showers, thunderstorms and periods of heavy rain will continue Wednesday into Thursday.

The National Weather Service has issued a flash flood watch for Tompkins County in effect until midnight.

Thunderstorms are expected to develop over the area this afternoon and may produce torrential rainfall at times, with rainfall rates of one to two inches per hour which could lead to flash flooding, the NWS says. Strong wind gusts are also possible.

The county is under a “flash flood watch,” which means that conditions may develop that lead to flash flooding.

As always, motorists are advised to turn around if they encounter a flooded roadway and never drive through it.

Kelsey O'Connor

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