More Storms, Flash Flood Warnings for Region

Flash floods swamp New Jersey town.

By Chris Cimino and Ida Siegal
|  Friday, Jun 24, 2011  |  Updated 7:07 PM EDT
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Severe Storms Put Rockland Under Water

It was a rough day for the folks in Rockland County. Heavy rain caused flooding and street closures in some areas. Rain washed out the field where Nyack High School was to have their graduation. NBC New York?s DeMarco Morgan spoke with residents who were drying off around the county.
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Another round of showers and severe thunderstorms rolled through the tri-state Friday, capping off three days of rainy, muggy weather.

A cold front sliding slowly eastward will be the catalyst for showers and locally heavy thunderstorms through Friday.

With saturated grounds for much of the area already from previous rains any additional heavy downpours today could lead to some local flooding issues.

A flash flood watch is in effect through Friday night for New Jersey, southern Connecticut, the five boroughs of New York City, Long Island and the Hudson Valley.

Heavy showers and scattered thunderstorms will continue to develop and move northeast across the region. Although most small rivers and streams have receded below their flood stages, they are still near bankfull. And residents in the areas hardest hit by floods Wednesday and Thursday are bracing for more.

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Meanwhile, power was restored Friday to more than 5,400 homes and businesses in Ocean County, New Jersey after losing electricity during an afternoon storm.

Many of the outages were on Long Beach Island, where police were directing traffic because traffic lights were not operating.

Parts of northern New Jersey face a flood threat. Rivers and streams are near their banks after storms dumped as much as 4 inches of rain over the region on Thursday. More storms were in the forecast for Friday, with the entire state under a severe thunderstorm watch.

The Saddle River and Pascack Brook breached their banks, causing flooding in Saddle River, Westwood, Hillsdale and Ridgewood.

Laurie Katsapis, a realtor in Saddle River, said a bridge in the town was "completely covered. It came over the bridge....there was furniture floating by from the landscaper...tress floating by.  It was remarkable. It happened so fast."

No one has been injured.

After lingering storms Friday, the weather situation will gradually improve over the weekend with just a few widely scattered showers Saturday, mainly north and west of the city and much less humid conditions with sunshine on Sunday.

Stay updated on the latest weather forecast at NBCNewYork.com's Weather Center.

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