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Rain to continue as superstorm nears


Hold on tight to your umbrellas, high wind will accompany heavy rain today and Tuesday, part of Hurricane Sandy and an existing weather front.

Kristen Yeager, a meteorologist with the National Weather Service’s Cleveland office, said the combination will produce an “intense nor’easter” with the “peak intensity” felt late tonight and early Tuesday.

“Part of the reason that this is such a high-impact storm is that it’s really slow moving and it covers such a large area so you’re looking at these strong winds and this heavy rainfall for a long period of time, meaning greater than 24 hours,” she said.

A high wind warning is in effect from noon today to 4 p.m. Tuesday with predicted wind gusts of 55 to 60 mph. On Sunday, Yeager said Lorain County experienced gusts of up to 36 mph.

A flood watch is in effect through Tuesday evening. Rainfall of two to three inches is predicted with four to five inches in higher terrain inland from Lake Erie.

Yeager said low-lying areas, poor drainage areas and areas near creeks, rivers and streams were at risk of flooding. The county experienced about 0.75 inches of rain Sunday.

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