Flood Warning in effect for Allegany County west and north

BREAKING: A FLOOD WARNING is in effect for Allegany County, NY west and north until 2:30AM Saturday, with several roads in the county now closed due to flooding as the remnants of Tropical Storm Nicole continue to move north.
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UPDATE – 11:14PM Friday: A FLOOD ADVISORY has been issued for Steuben County and northeast until 2:15AM Saturday.
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TURN AROUND DON’T DROWN.

The National Weather Service warns:

“The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention report that over half of all flood-related drownings occur when a vehicle is driven into hazardous flood water.

“The next highest percentage of flood-related deaths is due to walking into or near flood waters.

“People underestimate the force and power of water. Many of the deaths occur in cars swept downstream. Many of these drownings are preventable.

“Never drive around the barriers blocking a flooded road. The road may have collapsed under that water.

“A mere six inches of fast-moving flood water can knock over an adult. It takes just 12 inches of rushing water to carry away most cars and just two feet of rushing water can carry away SUVs and trucks. It is NEVER safe to drive or walk into flood waters.”

The US National Weather Service Buffalo NY is reporting that “flooding of rivers, creeks, streams, and other low-lying and flood-prone locations is imminent or occurring. Expect many areas of slow moving or standing water.”

* ADDITIONAL DETAILS…

– At 1034 PM EST, Doppler radar and automated rain gauges indicated an area of very heavy rainfall across the warned area. Between 1.5 and 3 inches of rain have fallen.
– Additional rainfall amounts up to 0.5 inches are possible in the warned area.
– Some locations that will experience flooding include…
Jamestown, Olean, Salamanca, Dansville, Wellsville, Allegany State Park, Letchworth State Park, Springville, Alfred, Perry, Warsaw, Lakewood, Mount Morris, Gowanda, Conesus, Falconer, Ashford, Arcade, Allegany and Franklinville.”

Be Aware. Be Prepared. Stay Safe.TM and continue to monitor for updates.

Progression of storms can be tracked interactively via a zoomable NWS Doppler radar site at https://bit.ly/3xyTULH.

Further information is available at www.weather.gov/buf for the NWS Buffalo forecast region, www.weather.gov/bgm for Steuben and counties to the east, and www.weather.gov/ctp for adjoining Pennsylvania countieswww.weather.gov/ctp.

Local weather forecasts for specific areas are accessible through the Search feature in the upper left corner of most NWS pages, with Hourly Weather Forecasts, which project event timing throughout the day, found on the lower right side of local pages.
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