The US National Weather Service has issued flash flood watches and warnings across the Mid-Atlantic region on Thursday afternoon (local time), July 11. Heavy rainfall and consequent flash flooding are anticipated in Pennsylvania state, New Jersey state, New York state, Delaware state, Maryland state, Virginia state, West Virginia state, and Washington, DC through Thursday evening. Rainfall rates of up to 2.5 cm (1 in) per hour, with rainfall totals of 5-7.5 cm (2-3 in), are forecast over the coming hours. High water levels and continued flooding are possible across the region through late Thursday evening.
Road closures, dangerous driving conditions, and transportation disruptions are likely in the affected areas.
Individuals in the affected areas are advised to monitor local weather reports, adhere to instructions issued by local authorities (e.g. road closures, evacuations), anticipate power outages and transportation disruptions, including dangerous driving conditions, and remember that running water can be dangerous - 15 cm (6 in) is enough to knock over an adult - and that floodwater may contain wastewater and chemical products; items having come into contact with floodwater should be disinfected and all foodstuffs discarded.
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