ITHACA, N.Y. —  The National Weather Service has issued a flash flood watch that is expected to be in effect throughout Friday afternoon in Tompkins County and the surrounding area.

More than two inches of rain is possible, which could cause localized flash flooding in urban areas and by small streams.

Lieutenant Tom Basher, of the Ithaca Fire Department, said firefighters have been responding to reported flooding in homes throughout the morning.

Basher said people should check their basements, down spouts and sump pumps in an effort to prevent flooding in homes.

The weather service is forecasting that heavy rain will likely continue until the early morning hours Saturday.

Correction: The NWS has reported a flood watch as of Friday morning. It has not been upgraded to a warning as of 9:15 a.m. 

Jolene Almendarez is Managing Editor at The Ithaca Voice. She can be reached at; you can learn more about her at the links in the top right of this box.