CLEVELAND, Ohio — Many parts of Northeast Ohio are under a flash flood warning until 6 p.m. Monday that is so bad, motorists are being urged to stay home.
The areas under the flood warning until 6 p.m. include Cleveland, Parma and Lorain. The flash flood warnings for Akron, Cuyahoga Falls and Stow go until 5:45 p.m.
“Stay home if possible and remember to avoid water-covered roadways if you need to travel today,” the National Weather Service said on Twitter.
The NWS reported at 1:59 p.m. that between 2.5 and 5 inches of have fallen in the affected areas. Flooding is happening in the affected areas, and some roads have been closed. The Akron Police Department said in a news release that Route 8 northbound is closed from Perkins Street to E. Tallmadge Avenue because of high water conditions.
Accidents and delays have happened because of the high water conditions. Cars are still able to exit at Perkins Street northbound.
The NWS told cleveland.com that 3.98 inches of rain has fallen at Cleveland Hopkins International Airport as of 2 p.m.
The National Weather Service in Cleveland also mentioned in a graphic to not walk or drive through flood waters and to find higher ground. The population in the potential exposure is 1,750,987, according to the NWS.
Here are rain totals in inches for the following cities, as of 1:36 p.m.:
– Beachwood 3.78 inches
– Brecksville 4.13 inches
– Brookpark 3.84 inches
– Cle Industrial Pkwy 3.87 inches
– Dille Ave 3.78″ Division Ave 3.46
– Easterly Wastewater Treatment Plant 2.02 inches
– Independence 3.52 inches
– Rhodes HS: 3.55 inches
– Jennings 4.5
– Macedonia 2.79 inches
The region has seen heavy rain throughout the Labor Day holiday, with the showers beginning early Monday morning. According to the National Weather Service’s website, rain and thunder is likely through 6 p.m.
Below is a video from flooding at the Shaker Lakes dam and bridge at Coventry Road and North Park Boulevard in Cleveland Heights, recorded Monday at 11:30 a.m.:
A residential area in Avon has seen flooding, according to a video from Steve Weinstein of WEWS Channel 5. Along with Avon, different parts of Canal Road have closed, according to Dave Gapinski of WEWS.
Content director Laura Johnston contributed to this report.