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18 of 50 states have some flash flood watches

Posted at 11:44 AM, Jul 08, 2015
and last updated 2015-07-08 11:44:14-04

The Midwest and the Plains continue to get hammered with rain as a front remains nearly stationary.

The National Weather Service has issued Flash Flood Watches for counties across 18 different states. Most of them stretch from Texas to Ohio and West Virginia, but a few can be spotted in the Rockies and on both coasts.

Flash flood watches are issued when conditions are ripe for a fast-occurring flood to happen. Since the ground is already saturated in many of these areas, and another inch to an inch and a half of rain is expected, flooding is likely to occur quickly.

If a flood warning is issued, that means it's time to take action and get to higher ground away from the flood waters.

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In the middle of the country, rain will slowly move through the Midwest and the Plains throughout the day.

On each coast and in the Rockies, the rain is more likely to arrive in the afternoon in the form of thunderstorms and and lots of rain in a short period of time.

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These flood watches are likely to persist across parts of the Midwest and the Northeast since the next two weeks are looking wetter than usual for both of those regions.

Always steer clear of flood waters. On average, more people in the United States die from flooding than any other weather-related disaster.

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