August 21, 2015
By Kurt Bresswein
Heavy rain forecast Thursday night prompted a flash flood watch for a region encompassing Lehigh, Northampton and Warren counties, the National Weather Service said.
The watch is in effect through late Thursday night, the weather service said during the afternoon from its Philadelphia region forecast office in Mount Holly, New Jersey.
According to the alert:
“Widespread showers and embedded thunderstorms are moving in from the southwest this afternoon. Some of the heavier showers and thunderstorms will be capable of producing rainfall rates in excess of 2 inches per hour.
“With multiple rounds of heavy rain possible this afternoon and tonight, locally higher rainfall amounts of 3 to 4 inches are possible in spots.”
The watch says to look for flooding on roads with poor drainage in areas where the heaviest rain falls. There is also the potential for flash flooding along smaller streams, creeks and in urban areas.
The weather service says to mindful of lightning, as well: “Remember, when thunder roars, go indoors.”