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June 27, 2013

Lightning strikes twice; more bad weather ahead

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But the hazardous-weather outlook from the National Weather Service showed northern Franklin County and western Clinton County could be in for more rough weather the next few days.

Storms expected until 7 p.m. Wednesday were expected to bring 50-mph wind gusts, small hail and heavy downpours in some spots, as well as cloud-to-ground lightning.

The heavy rain added to already saturated land could raise the potential for flooding in low-lying areas and a quick rise of water levels for smaller streams and rivers.

Weather observers said there is a potential for up to 6 inches of rain in the region starting Thursday and lasting into next Tuesday.

“Given the recent rainfall and saturated soils, the potential for flash flooding continues to increase late Thursday into Friday … with the greatest threat (in) parts of the northern Adirondacks,” a Weather Service bulletin states.

“A flash-flood watch will likely be needed for parts of the region late Thursday into Saturday.”

’HORRIBLE’ FORECAST

John Bashaw II, deputy director of Franklin County Emergency Services, said there were no reports of flooding problems as of 11 a.m. Wednesday.

He said the water level of Saranac Lake was high but not causing any particular problems yet. However, the pending rainstorms could change that in a hurry.

“They’re saying 6 inches of rain, which is horrible,” Bashaw said. “We’ll really be watching Saranac Lake for the next few days.”

“Right now, we’re in pretty decent shape,” Clinton County Emergency Services Director Eric Day said Wednesday afternoon. “That rain we had this morning didn’t really cause any major problems for anybody.” 

However, Clinton County emergency authorities will keep a watchful eye on the weather, he said.

“Any major rainfalls over the next few days have the potential to cause flooding,” Day said. “With all the rain we’ve had over the past week, the ground is pretty saturated.

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