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UPDATE: Moderate flooding predicted along Blanchard River in Findlay

The National Weather Service has issued a flood warning for the Blanchard River at Findlay from Friday afternoon until further notice, with moderate flooding predicted in Findlay.

The weather service is currently predicting a crest of 12 feet on early Saturday morning, which would put the river at the level considered to be moderate flooding. Areas affected by a river crest of 12 feet include Apple Alley and River Street on the west side of Findlay; South Blanchard Street between East Sandusky and East Main Cross streets; streets south of Clinton Court near Riverside Park; and portions of East Main Cross Street along the south bank of the river.

Additionally, the weather service has issued flood warnings for Henry and Putnam counties until 6 p.m.; a flood advisory for Seneca, Wood and Wyandot counties until 4:45 p.m.; and a flood watch for northwestern Ohio through Friday afternoon.

Thunderstorms with very heavy rain are expected to move through the area this afternoon and evening. One to three inches of rain may fall across parts of northwestern Ohio, and excessive runoff the storms may cause minor flooding of creeks, streams and low-lying areas.

Rain is forecast to fall through Friday evening, with a high temperature of 44 today and 63 on Friday. The weekend will be breezy, but rain-free, with highs near 50. More showers possible on Monday.

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