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Potential for flash flooding in some areas on Thursday

Jun 20, 2019

The recent spate of relatively dry weather is over at least for one day, and there could potentially be some flooding issues around Rochester and the Finger Lakes on Thursday.

If you have a smartphone, it may  have gone off with a weather alert at about 8:40 on Thursday morning because the National Weather Service issued a Flash Flood Warning until 12:30 p.m. for parts of Monroe, Ontario and Wayne counties.

That’s due to thunderstorms moving into the area that could add more rain to the rain that already fell on Wednesday night.

News 8 Meteorologist Josh Nichols says that localized heavy rainfall is possible through midday, with the potential for very localized flash flooding. He says the immediate Rochester area could see an inch or more of rain, with parts of the Finger Lakes seeing more than 2 inches of rain.

A number of highways were impacted by the heavy rains Thursday morning including the NYS Thruway. The Thruway Authority said that an east bound exit ramp at exit 46 in Henrietta was closed.

The Rush Henrietta School District also posted a message on its website that it had buses running through the morning to take junior and senior high school students to and from school for exams; but the district said that flooding make it difficult or impossible for buses to travel in some areas.

A number of Lake Ontario shoreline residents likely will also be watching the weather very carefully on Thursday, looking for any more problems due to flooding along the shoreline.