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Flood warning issued for Cuyahoga, Medina, Summit, Lorain, Stark counties through Sunday morning

November 19, 2017

Flood warning issued for Cuyahoga, Medina, Summit, Lorain, Stark counties through Sunday morning

CLEVELAND, Ohio -- The National Weather Service in Cleveland has issued a flood warning for Cuyahoga, Medina, Summit, Lorain and Stark counties in Northeast Ohio until Sunday morning.

The warning for Cuyahoga, Medina, Summit and Lorain counties is in effect until 4:30 a.m., while the warning for Stark County continues until 4:45 a.m. Sunday.

According to the warning for Cuyahoga, Medina, Summit and Lorain counties, at 4:42 p.m., Doppler radar and automated rain gauges indicated that heavy rain was falling over the area, which will cause flooding. Up to one inch of rain has already fallen, and heavy rainfall will move through the area through 6 p.m. with lighter rain following afterwards. An additional inch or more is possible, causing small streams and creeks to rise quickly.

The warning for Stark County states at 4:48 p.m., Doppler radar indicated heavy rain that will also cause flooding, and a second round of heavy rain will move into the area over the next hour. This rainfall will be sufficient to push already elevated streams and creeks into flood. The Zimber Ditch and Nimishillen Creek branches are likely to experience flooding into the evening and overnight hours. Urban flooding is also likely to occur.

The National Weather Service urges to be especially cautious at night when it is harder to recognize the dangers of flooding.

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Kelly Reardon is cleveland.com’s meteorologist. Please follow me on Facebook and Twitter @KellyRWeather.