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Flood Watch across NNY and VT

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The National Weather Service issued a flood watch for today and tomorrow across northern New York and Vermont.

The alert mirrors flood watches and warnings along much of the eastern seaboard. Heavy rains and winds are expected, as the remnants of a tropical storm moves north up the east coast.

Meteorologist Peter Banacos tells Jonathan Brown th danger may not pass until Friday afternoon.

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Banacos says the area will get two to four inches of rain by tomorrow morning. We can also expect heavy winds today, with gusts from 30 to 40 miles per hour. Banacos says the worst of these winds will be in areas with southern exposure or at higher altitudes.

One other note about the flood watch: Banacos says the danger may not pass until later Friday afternoon or evening.

"The rain will have passed certainly during the pre-dawn hours on Friday and some of the runoff will continue into the rivers will continue through Friday morning. So you're probably looking at Friday afternoon that the rivers would actually begin to recede. And any danger of flooding should over at that time."

In Franklin County, the town of Fort Covington sits on the Salmon River at the U.S.-Canada border and it’s been the site of repeated flooding over the years.

Rick Provost is director of the county’s Emergency Services department. He says the Fort Covington dam that caused much of the flooding has been removed. But an ice jam over the winter once again backed up the Salmon River. Now, the town is keeping an eye on built-up sediment at the old dam site. But, he says, today’s heavy rains could wash much of it down the river and away from Fort Covington.

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