- Associated Press - Wednesday, October 15, 2014

SCRANTON, Pa. (AP) - Heavy rain in portions of central and eastern Pennsylvania has prompted several flood watches and warnings from the National Weather Service.

The weather service has issued a flash flood warning for Lackawanna and eastern Susquehanna counties in northeastern Pennsylvania, saying there will be “significant urban flooding” along with rapid flooding of small streams and creeks. The warning expires at 12:15 a.m. Thursday.

Elsewhere, the weather service has issued flood watches or advisories for counties throughout central and eastern Pennsylvania, saying that rain-swollen small streams and low-lying areas could flood.

More than 3 inches of rain has been reported in some areas.

The weather service is urging motorists to steer clear of flooded streets.

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