The National Weather Service has issued a flood watch through Sunday night. A warm front has stalled North of us and what’s left of Hurricane Ike is headed this way, expected to pass through tomorrow. As you can see from the radar image above, there’s a lot of rain North of us and other rain Southwest of us headed this way.  If Ike stays to it’s projected path, we could be right in the middle of the storm.  According to the WANE-15, we’ve received 1.08″ thus far today. Could be an interesting few days ahead of us.

From the NWS:

FLOOD WATCH

NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE NORTHERN INDIANA
1019 PM EDT SAT SEP 13 2008

…SIGNIFICANT FLOODING POTENTIAL INCREASING TONIGHT INTO SUNDAY…

.A COLD FRONT WILL SAG SOUTHWARD OVERNIGHT ALLOWING MODERATE TO HEAVY RAINFALL TO MOVE BACK INTO PARTS OF NORTHWEST INDIANA AND SOUTHWEST LOWER MICHIGAN. THE REMNANTS OF HURRICANE IKE ARE STILL EXPECTED TO MOVE ACROSS THE AREA ON SUNDAY WHICH WILL BRING ADDITIONAL HEAVY RAINFALL.

RAINFALL AMOUNTS THROUGH THIS PERIOD MAY APPROACH 8 TO 12 INCHES BY EARLY MONDAY MORNING…CREATING SIGNIFICANT FLOODING ACROSS MUCH OF THE WATCH AREA.

MANY AREAS ACROSS NORTHERN INDIANA AND SOUTHWEST MICHIGAN HAVE REPORTED BETWEEN 2 AND 7 INCHES OF RAIN SINCE FRIDAY NIGHT. AN ADDITIONAL 2 TO 5 INCHES OF RAINFALL IS VERY LIKELY THROUGH SUNDAY AFTERNOON. THIS WILL CREATE SIGNIFICANT FLOODING
PROBLEMS…ESPECIALLY WHERE THE GROUND HAS ALREADY BEEN SATURATED AND FLOODING HAS ALREADY OCCURRED.

SIGNIFICANT RIVER FLOODING IS ALSO EXPECTED TO DEVELOP EARLY THIS WEEK IN THE AREAS WHERE THE HEAVIEST RAINFALL OCCURS. PERSONS LIVING ALONG AND NEAR RIVERS AND STREAMS IN NORTHERN INDIANA…SOUTHWEST LOWER MICHIGAN AND EXTREME NORTHWEST OHIO SHOULD
MONITOR RIVER FORECASTS AND WARNINGS FOR SPECIFIC STAGES AND CREST INFORMATION. MODERATE TO MAJOR FLOODING COULD OCCUR GIVEN THE EXPECTED HEAVY RAINFALL. THESE FORECASTS WILL BE REFINED AS THE PRECIPITATION FALLS.

LA PORTE-ST. JOSEPH IN-ELKHART-LAGRANGE-STEUBEN-NOBLE-DE KALB-STARKE-PULASKI-MARSHALL-FULTON IN-KOSCIUSKO-WHITLEY-ALLEN IN-WHITE-CASS IN-MIAMI-WABASH-BERRIEN-CASS MI-ST. JOSEPH MI-BRANCH-HILLSDALE-WILLIAMS-FULTON OH-DEFIANCE-HENRY

INCLUDING THE CITIES OF MICHIGAN CITY-LA PORTE-SOUTH BEND-MISHAWAKA-ELKHART-GOSHEN-LAGRANGE-TOPEKA-ANGOLA-KENDALLVILLE-LIGONIER-AUBURN-GARRETT-KNOX-NORTH JUDSON-WINAMAC-FRANCESVILLE-PLYMOUTH-BREMEN-ROCHESTER-WARSAW-WINONA LAKE-COLUMBIA CITY-
SOUTH WHITLEY-FORT WAYNE-MONTICELLO-BROOKSTON-LOGANSPORT-PERU-WABASH-NORTH MANCHESTER-NILES-BENTON HARBOR-ST. JOSEPH-BUCHANAN-DOWAGIAC-CASSOPOLIS-STURGIS-THREE RIVERS-COLDWATER-HILLSDALE-BRYAN-MONTPELIER-WAUSEON-ARCHBOLD-DEFIANCE-NAPOLEON
1019 PM EDT SAT SEP 13 2008 /919 PM CDT SAT SEP 13 2008/

…FLOOD WATCH REMAINS IN EFFECT THROUGH LATE SUNDAY NIGHT…

THE FLOOD WATCH CONTINUES FOR

* PORTIONS OF NORTHERN INDIANA…SOUTHWEST MICHIGAN AND
NORTHWEST OHIO; INCLUDING THE FOLLOWING AREAS IN NORTHERN
INDIANA-ALLEN IN-CASS IN-DE KALB-ELKHART-FULTON IN-KOSCIUSKO-LA PORTE-LAGRANGE-MARSHALL-MIAMI-NOBLE-PULASKI-ST. JOSEPH IN-STARKE-STEUBEN-WABASH-WHITE AND WHITLEY. IN SOUTHWEST MICHIGAN: BERRIEN-BRANCH-CASS MI-HILLSDALE AND ST. JOSEPH MI. IN NORTHWEST OHIO: DEFIANCE-FULTON OH-HENRY AND WILLIAMS.

* THROUGH LATE SUNDAY NIGHT

* MODERATE TO HEAVY RAINFALL WILL BE POSSIBLE OVERNIGHT NEAR A
SLOW MOVING COLD FRONT…AND THEN AGAIN FROM THE LEFTOVERS OF
HURRICANE IKE ON SUNDAY. TOTAL RAINFALL AMOUNTS OF 8 TO 12 INCHES
ARE POSSIBLE BY EARLY MONDAY MORNING CREATING SIGNIFICANT
FLOODING…ESPECIALLY OVER PORTIONS OF FAR NORTHWEST AND
NORTHERN INDIANA.

* LOW LYING AND POOR DRAINAGE AREAS WILL LIKELY FLOOD…WITH RIVER
FLOODING DEVELOPING ON MONDAY AND BEYOND.

A FLOOD WATCH MEANS THERE IS A POTENTIAL FOR FLOODING BASED ON
CURRENT FORECASTS.

YOU SHOULD MONITOR LATER FORECASTS AND BE ALERT FOR POSSIBLE
FLOOD WARNINGS. THOSE LIVING IN AREAS PRONE TO FLOODING SHOULD BE
PREPARED TO TAKE ACTION SHOULD FLOODING DEVELOP.

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