Moisture from the remnants of Tropical Storm Lee will continue dropping heavy rainfall from Virginia to New England through Thursday, possibly resulting in some record river flooding from Southern New York to Eastern Pennsylvania.
The National Weather Service issued a flood watch early Wednesday morning for Northeast Pennsylvania to include Lackawanna, Wayne, Pike, Luzerne and Wyoming counties.
Bob Flanagan, Lackawanna County Director of Emergency Management, has told the Times-Tribune that parts of Sibley Avenue in Old Forge have already flooded as well as an area in the 1300 block of Stafford Avenue in Scranton.
Flanagan added that as of 8:30 a.m. on Thursday, all the flood gates in the city of Scranton were closed though the other flood gates in the county remain open pending additional rainfall.
The municipalities are keeping an eye on the Lackawanna River and watching to see if they have to close the flood gates, Flanagan said.
The National Weather Service said remnants of Tropical Storm Lee will continue to stall over the Appalachian Mountains in West Virginia on Wednesday night through Thursday. It will push moisture into a slow-moving frontal system and beneath a strengthening jet stream, causing the potential for heavy rains in Northeast Pennsylvania over both days.
Tom Moore, lead meteorologist, at The Weather Channel, noted in a post that there could be some record river flooding from southern New York to eastern Pennsylvania.
Moore said this additional rain falling on very wet ground leads to heavy run off that causes major flooding in some rivers and creeks. These flooding could linger into the weekend in many areas, he said.