flash flood

A flash flood warning has been issued for Richland, Ashland and Crawford counties until Monday at 1:15 a.m, according to the National Weather Service office in Cleveland.

At 7:09 p.m., the NWS said Doppler radar indicated thunderstorms producing heavy rain across the area. Up to two inches of rain have already fallen. Flash flooding is expected to begin shortly.

Some locations that will experience flooding include Mansfield, Ashland, Bucyrus, Galion, Shelby, Ontario, Crestline, Plymouth, New Washington, Hayesville, Savannah, Polk, Chatfield, Benton, Lucas, Jeromesville, Bailey Lakes, Tiro, North Robinson and Mifflin.

An additional rainfall amounts of 1 to 2 inches are possible in the area.

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A flash flood warning means flooding is imminent or occurring.

If you are in the warned area move to higher ground immediately. Residents living along streams and creeks should take immediate precautions to protect life and property.