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Friday, June 14, 2019 2:31 pm

Weather service: Heavy rain this weekend could heighten flood risk

The Journal Gazette

Heavy rain this weekend in northeast Indiana and northwest Ohio could heighten the risk of flooding into next week, the National Weather Service said today.

Thunderstorms are possible later tonight that could bring locally heavy rain, and storms Saturday through Sunday will be accompanied by heavy rain and possible flooding, the weather service said. It said isolated strong to possibly severe wind gusts are possible Saturday evening through Sunday.

Total rain of 3 inches is expected from tonight through Sunday night along and south of U.S. 24, the weather service said. Locally higher amounts are possible south of U.S. 24; 1.5 inches are expected in other parts of the area.

In Mercer County, Ohio, several rounds of showers and storms are possible Saturday night through Sunday night, and heavy rain may lead to localized flooding. A few strong to severe storms cannot be ruled out, the weather service said.

It said soils remain very wet because of the wet spring and Thursday's rain, especially in northwest Ohio, and there is the potential for widespread flooding of streets, fields, lowland areas, streams and creeks.