Just what farmers, gardeners, and anyone who goes outdoors wanted to hear, more rain. And there may be lots of it with thunderstorms forecast for the morning and afternoon. The National Weather Service has issued a Flash Flood Watch, here are the details.

WHAT: Flash Flood Watch from 8 a.m through this afternoon.

WHERE: The National Weather Service in Binghamton has issued the Watch for the following counties:
Chemung, Cortland, Madison, Northern Oneida, Onondaga, Schuyler, Seneca, Southern Cayuga, Southern Oneida, Steuben, Tioga, Tompkins, and Yates.

Forecasts call for 1 to 2 inches of rain from the Finger Lakes through the Thruway Corridor. Some of the storms may also contain gusty winds which could lead to power outages from downed lines, poles, and trees.

Keep Up-To-Date

Get up to information on power outages throughout Central New York; where it’s out and when it’ll be restored with National Grid’s Power Outage Map.

National Grid also offers text alerts on the latest efforts to restore power.

To receive free text message alerts and updates, text the word STORM to NGRID (64743). E-mail alerts are available to customers who create an online profile on the company’s website. All alert services can be started and stopped at the customer’s request.

You can even report power outages or get the latest information at National Grid’s website.

Power Outage Preparation:

*Keep your cell phone charged and make sure you know where your backup power supply is.
*Make sure all your flashlights have fresh batteries.
*Fill your gas tank. You can use your car to keep warm and recharge devices.
*Have some food available that you don’t need to cook.

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