ELIZABETH, NJ – A flash flood warning is in effect for the area until 8:30 p.m., the National Weather Service announced.

The Weather Service warned that already ground already soggy from prior storm events would be less capable of absorbing water, thus leading to the potential for flooding.

"Excessive runoff from heavy rainfall will cause flooding of small creeks and streams, urban areas, highways, streets and underpasses as well as other drainage areas and low lying spots," the Weather Service stated.

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The flood warning was issued at 6:22 p.m., following a flash flood watch the Weather Service issued earlier in the day. The Weather Service issues a warning when weather events are imminent or happening.

The Weather Service warned drivers to turn around when encountering high water on roadways.

“Don’t drown when encountering flooded roads. Most flood deaths occur in vehicles,” the Weather Service said.

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