Flood watch in effect through noon Tuesday

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Sep. 6—A flood watch is in effect for the region until noon Tuesday.

The National Weather Service issued a flood watch Monday afternoon for Carbon, Luzerne and Schuylkill counties, as well as Delaware, Wayne, Wyoming, Lackawanna, Dauphin, Monroe, Berks, Lehigh, Northampton, Western Montgomery and Bucks.

In central Pennsylvania, including in Schuylkill, flash flooding caused by excessive rainfall is possible. The weather service said excessive runoff may result in the flooding of rivers, creeks, streams and other low-lying, flood-prone areas.

For the three-county area, Monday night rainfall amounts were expected to be 1 to 2 inches, according to Jaline Labounty with the National Weather Service. An inch or less is expected Tuesday.

The possibility of thunderstorms could increase those estimations, Labounty said.

Motorists are reminded to be wary of flooded roadways, Labounty said, noting roads can be damaged under water.

"Our saying is turn around, don't drown," she said. "Even if the water isn't moving, you don't know how deep it is."

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