After getting pummeled with flood-producing storms last night, the greater Cortland area is now in another Flash Flood Watch from the National Weather Service until 8:00 tonight (July 17).
According to the NWS, numerous showers and thunderstorms will move through central New York late this morning into the afternoon and early evening hours. Some of the storms will contain torrential downpours, capable of producing more localized flash flooding.
In addition to Cortland, the other counties that will be affected are Madison, Northern Oneida, Onondaga, Schuyler, Seneca, Southern Cayuga, Southern Oneida, Steuben, Tompkins, and Yates.
Areas with recent rainfall will be particularly vulnerable to flooding, which could quickly develop along creeks, small streams, urban and in other low lying areas. Ponding of water on roadways is likely to occur.
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Whipping winds and torrential rains mimicked a small hurricane in the Cortland area yesterday (July 16) evening.
While the rain flooded the street, phone calls flooded into the Fire Department about trees falling and wires down.
Police even had to direct traffic at intersections on Port Watson Street, as flooding caused a train to get stuck on the railroad tracks.
A blown transformer also caused outages in the area of Cortland’s Norcliffe apartments for several hours.
Here are some photos from last night’s storm damage: