Area creeks expected to breach their banks

The National Weather Service has issued a flood warning for Berks, Chester and Montgomery counties through 6:45 p.m. this afternoon after more than 2 inches of rain fell across the Philadelphia region Wednesday morning. According to the weather service, 1 to 2 inches of rain are expected to fall this afternoon with periods of moderate to heavy rain. Winds around 10 to 15 miles per hour with gusts from 20 to 25 mph will come from the north, northeast, the weather service advised. Some heavy thunderstorms this afternoon could produce up to 45 mph wind gusts it warned.

Stream gauges along the Manatawny Creek, French Creek and all branches of the Perkiomen show rising water levels. These creeks, along with others, are expected to exceed flood stage this afternoon, the weather service warned in its latest advisory.

A flood warning means flooding is imminent or has been reported.

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Area drivers are advised to avoid water-covered roadways. The NWS advises drivers Dont drown, turn around. It also warns residents in flood prone areas under the flood watch to move to higher ground when they see rising water.

A flood watch remains in effect through Thursday morning for Philadelphia and its surrounding suburbs as well as parts of New Jersey and Delaware.

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