The National Weather Service has issued a Flood Watch and Wind Advisory for Berks County and the eastern Pennsylvania. Heavy rain and wind gusts a much as 50mph are expected.
The flood watch remains in effect from Thursday afternoon to Friday afternoon. Periods of heavy rain will begin over western portions of the area Thursday afternoon with the threat of heavy rainfall progressing eastward Thursday evening into the overnight hours.
Rainfall will decrease in intensity Friday morning, but impacts from the earlier heavier rainfall may linger into the day on Friday. Rainfall amounts will generally range from 1.5
to 3 inches over the watch area; however, locally higher amounts will be possible, particularly over the higher terrain of eastern Pennsylvania and northwest New Jersey.
As a result of the rainfall, poor drainage and low-lying flooding may begin late Thursday. Small stream as well as main stem flooding is possible Thursday night into Friday.
A Flood Watch means there is a potential for flooding based on current forecasts. Those living in areas prone to flooding should be prepared to take action should flooding develop.
The wind advisory is effect until 8pm Thursday evening. Southeast winds 15 to 25 mph with gusts up to 50 mph expected.
Gusty winds could blow around unsecured objects. Tree limbs could be blown down and a few power outages may result.
Use extra caution when driving, especially if operating a high profile vehicle. Secure outdoor objects.