Thunderstorms making their way across Massachusetts on Friday prompted the National Weather Service to issue a flash flood warning for parts of Worcester, Franklin, Hampden and Hampshire counties.
The initial thunderstorms on Friday that resulted in one to two inches of rain coupled with the additional showers and thunderstorms expected in the afternoon “may result in the potential for flash flooding,” the National Weather Service said.
The flash flood warning is in effect until 5:15 p.m.
The areas the flash flooding could take place include small creeks and streams, urban areas, highways, streets, underpasses and areas that are low-lying and/or have poor drainage.
A list of locations that will experience flash flooding include Springfield, Chicopee, Westfield, Holyoke, Amherst, Agawam, West Springfield, Ludlow, South Hadley, Longmeadow, East Longmeadow, Belchertown, Wilbraham, Palmer, Ware, Monson, Granby, Southampton, Barre and West Brookfield.
“Turn around, don’t drown when encountering flooded roads,” the NWS advised. “Most flood deaths occur in vehicles.”
It also advised moving to higher ground.
A severe thunderstorm watch is in effect for much of Massachusetts, Rhode Island, Connecticut and southern Vermont, Maine and New Hampshire Friday afternoon.