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Cranberry Area Weather: Hurricane Sandy Flood Watch Now a Flood Warning

High wind warning is also in effect.

The National Weather Service has issued a flood warning for Butler County and surrounding areas.

The warning, which went into effect at 6 p.m. Monday, includes Allegheny, Armstrong, Beaver, Butler, Clarion, Greene, Indiana, Jefferson, Lawrence and Washington counties in Pennsylvania. The warning extends until 11:45 a.m. Tuesday.

The National Weather Service is warning that flooding could hit small streams and urban areas.

A high winds warning also remains in effect through noon Tuesday. Winds of 25 to 35 mph with gusts up to 60 mph are possible in the area, according to weather service.

The winds are expected to increase Monday afternoon, with the strongest gusts happening late Monday through the early hours of Tuesday morning. The winds should begin to diminish during the daytime Tuesday, the service said.

The strong, gusty winds could bring down trees and power lines. Motorists are warned to use extreme caution, especially when traveling over bridges and overpasses.

Here's a look at the Cranberry area forecast from the National Weather Service:

Tonight: The rain could be heavy at times. Low around 41. Windy, with a northwest wind 31 to 33 mph, with gusts as high as 55 mph. Chance of precipitation is 100 percent. New precipitation amounts between three quarters and one inch possible.

Tuesday: Rain, with a high near 47. Windy, with a northwest wind 21 to 26 mph, decreasing to 13 to 18 mph in the afternoon. Winds could gust as high as 40 mph. Chance of precipitation is 100 percent. New precipitation amounts between a half and three quarters of an inch possible.

Tuesday Night: Rain, with a low around 39. North wind 5 to 9 mph becoming west after midnight. Chance of precipitation is 90 percent. New precipitation amounts between a tenth and quarter of an inch possible.

Wednesday: Rain, with a high near 44. West wind 8 to 14 mph. Chance of precipitation is 80 percent. New precipitation amounts between a tenth and quarter of an inch possible.

Wednesday Night: Showers likely. Cloudy, with a low around 39. West wind around 13 mph. Chance of precipitation is 60 percent. New precipitation amounts between a tenth and quarter of an inch possible.

Check back with Cranberry Patch for the latest on Hurricane Sandy.

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