The National Weather Service in Boston/Norton has issued a Flash Flood Warning for Southeastern Worcester County in central Massachusetts and South central Middlesex County in northeastern Massachusetts until 4:45 p.m.

At 1:55 p.m., doppler radar indicated that showers and thunderstorms producing heavy rainfall were moving into the Worcester area. These showers and thunderstorms will be capable of producing a quick 1 to 2 inches of rain. As a result, urban flash flooding is expected. Significant ponding of water is expected in urban and other poor drainage areas in Worcester and surrounding communities. In addition, some flashy small streams may produce minor flooding.

Some locations that will experience flooding include Worcester, Marlborough, Shrewsbury, Milford, Westborough, Grafton, Holden, Webster, Southbridge, Ashland, Auburn, Northbridge, Hopkinton, Northborough, Oxford, Uxbridge, Millbury, Charlton, Spencer and Dudley.

Precautionary preparedness actions: Flooding will occur quickly and could pose a significant hazard to those who try to drive through flooded roads or underpasses. Find alternate routes and avoid flooded areas.

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