Jul 26, 2014

Forecast Warns of Flash Flooding, Strong Winds

It looks like Bedford and Katonah will see cloudy skies and more rain.

Forecast Warns of Flash Flooding, Strong Winds

The National Weather Service is predicting fog, rain and severe winds in Northern Westchester Wednesday and Thursday.

The agency issued a high wind warning, which is in effect from 6 p.m. Wednesday to 6 a.m. Thursday. A flash flood watch will be active for some of the time. Both advisories affect Westchester County, as well as the surrounding areas.

"Strong winds in combination with heavy rain could bring down whole trees, large tree limbs, power lines and unsecured outdoor objects," the wind warning states. "This could pose a hazard to anyone out driving or walking Wednesday night, and to houses and other structures near larger trees. Driving will also be difficult, especially in high profile vehicles and on elevated roadways and bridges."

The forecast for Bedford and Katonah calls for showers after 4 p.m. Wednesday, along with clouds and south wind around 11 mph. Gusts may reach 31 mph. More rain and thunderstorms will continue through the night, along with "patchy fog" and up to an inch of rain. 

Temperatures should drop to about 45 degrees at night. A south wind between 11 and 16 mph will spike to between 17 and 22 mph, with gusts nearing 55 mph.

"A strong cold front will be accompanied by a band of heavy showers and isolated thunderstorms tonight," the flash flood watch, which warns of rainfall in the amount of one to three inches, states. 

"These rainfall amount could cause flashy urban and poor drainage flooding, and flooding of fast responding small streams," the advisory reads. It stresses that flash flooding is "very dangerous." "Main stem rivers should remain within their banks."

Expect scattered showers Thursday, with an increasing chance of sun in the afternoon. Winds may remain strong, and temperatures will likely stay in the 30s.

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