A FLOOD WATCH is in effect for our area from late tonight through Thursday afternoon. Rainfall amounts of 1 to 2 inches are expected across the watch area, with locally higher amounts possible.

Rain is expected to spread across our area tonight, with moderate to heavy rain expected at times late tonight through early Thursday afternoon. In the areas of heaviest rainfall, urban and poor-drainage flooding is expected to occur.

Sensitive streams and creeks (such as the Beaver Brook drainage ditch) will also be susceptible to flooding, especially in areas where convection enhances rainfall rates. An isolated instance of flash flooding cannot be ruled out. River flooding is also possible in low lying areas along the South Branch of the Raritan River (Water Street area) if the axis of heaviest rainfall intersects the associated basins.

PRECAUTIONARY/PREPAREDNESS ACTIONS: A Flood Watch means there is a potential for flooding based on current forecasts.You should monitor later forecasts and be alert for possible Flood Warnings. Those living in areas prone to flooding should mack preparations for this and be prepared to take action should flooding develop.

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