THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE IN ALBANY HAS ISSUED AN SMALL STREAM FLOOD ADVISORY

THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE IN ALBANY HAS ISSUED AN

* URBAN AND SMALL STREAM FLOOD ADVISORY FOR…
COLUMBIA COUNTY IN EAST CENTRAL NEW YORK…
THIS INCLUDES THE CITY OF CHATHAM…
NORTHERN DUTCHESS COUNTY IN EAST CENTRAL NEW YORK…
THIS INCLUDES THE CITY OF RHINEBECK…
SOUTHWESTERN RENSSELAER COUNTY IN EAST CENTRAL NEW YORK…
THIS INCLUDES THE CITY OF NASSAU…
LITCHFIELD COUNTY IN NORTHERN CONNECTICUT…
THIS INCLUDES THE CITY OF TORRINGTON…
SOUTHERN BERKSHIRE COUNTY IN WESTERN MASSACHUSETTS…
THIS INCLUDES THE CITIES OF…PITTSFIELD…GREAT BARRINGTON…

* UNTIL 900 AM EDT

* AT 305 AM EDT RADAR SHOWED A BAND OF THUNDERSTORMS OVER THESOUTHERN TACONICS…SOUTHERN BERKSHIRES AND LITCHFIELD HILLS…TRACKING SOUTH AT AROUND 10 MPH…WHILE INDIVIDUAL THUNDERSTORMS WERE TRACKING EAST AT 30 MPH. RADAR ESTIMATES LOCALIZED RAINFALL AMOUNTS OF AROUND 1 INCH IN THE PAST 2 HOURS OVER THE REGION…AND AN ADDITIONAL 1 TO 2 INCHES OF RAIN IS POSSIBLE LOCALLY THROUGH 4 AM.

RAINFALL COULD PRODUCE STANDING WATER ON ROADWAYS AND IN LOW SPOTS IN HILLY TERRAIN THROUGH 9 AM.
PRECAUTIONARY/PREPAREDNESS ACTIONS…
EXCESSIVE RUNOFF FROM HEAVY RAINFALL WILL CAUSE ELEVATED LEVELS ON SMALL CREEKS AND STREAMS…AND PONDING OF WATER IN URBAN AREAS… HIGHWAYS…STREETS AND UNDERPASSES AS WELL AS OTHER POOR DRAINAGE AREAS AND LOW LYING SPOTS.

IN HILLY TERRAIN THERE ARE HUNDREDS OF LOW WATER CROSSINGS WHICH ARE POTENTIALLY DANGEROUS IN HEAVY RAIN. DO NOT ATTEMPT TO TRAVEL ACROSS FLOODED ROADS. FIND ALTERNATE ROUTES. IT TAKES ONLY A FEW INCHES OF SWIFTLY FLOWING WATER TO CARRY VEHICLES AWAY.