Heavy downpours hit RI; flash flooding reported

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — Flash floods have swept through some areas of Rhode Island amid heavy downpours, and the National Weather Service is asking people to be on alert for more flooding later in the day.

A storm that hit Thursday morning caused some localized flooding on streets including in Cranston and Providence. There were reports of 1.5 inches of rain per hour falling in some areas.

The weather service says more rain could come in the afternoon, with one to two inches of rain falling in an hour or less. It issued a flash flood watch for the entire state until 6 p.m.