Storms bring threat of minor flooding to Stark County

minorFloodThe National Weather Service in Cleveland has issued a flood warning for Stark, Wayne and Holmes counties.

The Nimishillen Creek near North Industry was named on the weather service website as an area where the status of minor severity has been upgraded to moderate.

The flood warning was issued about 7 a.m. when the creek reached 9.5 feet, according to the weather services river readings at water.weather.gov. Flood stage is 8 feet.

The river was expected to fall below flood stage by late morning, but at 9 feet low-lying portions of Cheyenne Street, southeast Sparta Avenue and Allenford Avenue were threatened, the weather service said.

The Tuscarawas River at Massillon was at 8.3 feet about 8 a.m. and expected to crest at 10.4, the website said. The flood stage there is 14 feet.

The weather service listed a 60 percent chance of heavy rain for the Stark County area Thursday increasing to an 80 percent chance Thursday night.

The weather service said showers and thunderstorms were likely “mainly after 2 p.m.” with storms producing heavy rain that could leave the area with up to a half inch of precipitation.

Rain remained in the forecast through Saturday, the weather service said.

Forecasters expected the temperature to reach 71 degrees Thursday before falling Thursday night to 49 degrees and increasing only to 54 on Friday, the weather service said.

At 8 a.m., the temperature at the Akron Canton Airport was listed at 49 degrees under foggy skies with winds out of the east at 6 mph.