flood watch

CRAWFORD COUNTY -- The National Weather Service office in Cleveland has issued a flood watch for Crawford County, beginning Friday evening and running through Saturday evening.

Multiple rounds of moderate to heavy rain are expected today through Saturday across northwestern Ohio. A risk for flooding will develop as rain runs off into area waterways and drainage systems become overwhelmed, especially by Saturday.

The flood watch area includes Lucas, Wood, Ottawa, Sandusky, Erie, Hancock, Seneca, Huron, Wyandot, Crawford and Marion counties, the weather service said.

A flood watch is issued when there is a potential for flooding.

The NWS said the axis of heavy rain will lift northward tonight across the Toledo area and points north. Some areas to the south may experience a break in precipitation.

Heavy rain is expected to return by Saturday morning and last through Saturday evening. Saturated soils will allow rainfall to run off, which may lead to flooding.

Storm total rainfall through Saturday evening will generally be 2 to 3 inches with isolated higher amounts possible.

The risk for flooding will be elevated, particularly in poor drainage areas, near creeks, streams and ditches, and in urban areas. Minor to moderate river flooding could develop this weekend.

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