Flash flood watch includes local area

A flash flood watch that includes the local area is in effect through midnight, according to a news release from the National Weather Service.

Scattered to numerous thunderstorms are expected today, the release said. The combination of saturated ground and slow moving thunderstorms that could produce heavy rain may lead to flash flooding across the region, the release said.

In addition to possibly producing excessive rainfall, the release said, the storms could cause hail and gusty winds.