Flood Watch Issued For Region; Up To 3 Inches Of Rain Predicted
The National Weather Service has issued a flood watch for the region in effect through Monday evening. The flood watch includes much of Northeast Pennsylvania, including Luzerne, Lackawanna and Wyoming counties. Steady rain will become heavy at times throughout the day Monday, with rainfall totals of 1 to 3 inches, the weather service predicts. Locally higher amounts of rainfall are possible. The prolonged period of moderate to heavy rain will lead to rising waters and an elevated threat of flooding, especially along small creeks and streams, the flood watch states. There is also the potential for localized flash flooding on Monday if thunderstorms develop. The weather service advises everyone in the flood watch area to monitor forecasts and be alert for possible flood warnings. Residents of areas that are prone to flooding should be prepared to take action should flooding develop, the weather service advises. No flooding is expected along the Susquehanna River in Luzerne County based on rainfall from Saturday through Monday, however. The river is expected to crest at 15.80 feet, well below the minor flood stage of 22 feet, at Wilkes-Barre early Wednesday morning, according to the weather service’s river forecast center. Hurricane Florence could impact the region with heavy rain and strong winds later this week, according to the National Hurricane Center.