Significant urban flooding is expected in Peabody on Friday night from the heavy rain that is moving through the area combined with the incoming high tide.
The threat of flooding has prompted the National Weather Service to issue a flood warning for urban areas and small streams, particularly flood-prone areas of Peabody, through 11:30 p.m. on Friday.
The flood warning was issued because of “heavy rain along the south coast of New England that will affect eastern Massachusetts between 8 and 11 p.m.," says the weather service. "Rainfall rates of 1 to 2 inches per hour will cause significant urban flooding and may cause some small streams to rise out of their banks.”
The intensity of the rain is expected to decrease between 9:30 and 11 p.m.
The weather service said “significant flooding” is “imminent” in urban areas of the North Shore including streets and underpasses. Drivers are urged to avoid flooded roads.
A flood watch has been in effect since noon and runs through Saturday morning.
“Do not drive through flooded roads,” the weather service said. “Vehicles can easily become stranded in flood waters.”