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Flash flood warning for Greene County

Sep 18, 2012 4:46 pm
[7:10 p.m.] UPDATE: The National Weather Service in Albany has now issued a severe thunderstorm warning for the Capital Region, including eastern Greene County and all of Columbia County until 8 p.m. A tornado watch remains in effect until 11 p.m. for northern Connecticut, western Massachusetts and eastern New York.

The National Weather Service in Albany has issued a flash flood warning for Greene County and western Ulster County, until 10:30 p.m., Tuesday. A flash flood warning means that flooding is imminent or occurring.

As of 4:23 p.m., radar indicated flash flooding was developing from heavy rainfall throughout the warning area, including (but not limited to) Windham and Prattsville. Rapid runoff from heavy rainfall will lead to flash flooding.

According to the NWS, radar estimates and actual gage readings indicate two to four inches of rain has fallen across portions of Greene and mainly western Ulster County. Additional rainfall of one to three inches is possible tonight.

The NWS advises those in the warning area to move to higher ground immediately. Residents living along streams and creeks should take immediate precautions to protect life and property. Do not attempt to cross swiftly flowing water or waters of unknown depth by foot or by vehicle, NWS warns.

A hazardous weather advisory, including tornado and wind warnings, is also in effect for all of Greene and western Columbia counties through late tonight into tomorrow morning. Wind gusts of 46 to 57 mph are possible. Downed trees and limbs and power lines can be anticipated, according to NWS.

Central Hudson Gas & Electric Corp. is reporting power outages caused by steady wind gusts throughout its service territory, which includes Columbia and Greene counties. As of 7 p.m., 266 customers were without power in Greene County; 76 households were without power in southern Columbia County. National Grid is reporting outages in Taghkanic, Stottville and Valatie, in Columbia County. The company reported 2,200 customers in the Valatie area are current without power.