A flood warning for St. Croix issued by the National Weather Service on Wednesday will remain in effect through 6 a.m. Thursday.
According to the NWS, at midnight weather radar indicated thundershowers producing heavy rains which will maintain flooding across St. Croix. Two to four inches of rain had already fallen as of midnight. Additional rainfall amounts of one to two inches are possible across sections of St. Croix over the next several hours, the weather service said.
The highest amounts will fall on the southern coast of St. Croix.
The flood warning replaces the flash flood warning which was to expire at 12:15 a.m. Thursday.
The weather service suggested the following precautions:
– Turn around, don’t drown when encountering flooded roads. Most flood deaths occur in vehicles.
– Excessive runoff from heavy rainfall will cause flooding of small creeks and streams, urban areas, highways, streets and underpasses as well as other drainage areas and low lying spots.
– A flash flood warning means that flooding is imminent or occurring. Anyone in the warned area is urged to move to higher ground immediately. Residents living along streams and creeks should take immediate precautions to protect life and property, the weather service said.
Editor’s note: This report was edited early Thursday to update conditions projected by the NWS.