Catskills under flash flood watch, but the Fourth should be sunny

The forecast for Fourth of July weekend in the Catskills looks bright and clear -- but before Friday arrives with cooler temps and sunnier skies, another round of intense thunderstorms has the region under flash flood watch. 

All five of the Catskills counties in our coverage area -- Delaware, Greene, Schoharie, Sullivan and Ulster -- are currently under flash flood watches issued by the National Weather Service offices in Binghamton and Albany. In the western Catskills, Delaware and Sullivan counties, the flash flood watch will last until 9 p.m. The eastern Catskills, which will see storms later into the evening, are under flash flood watch until midnight

Thunderstorms on Thursday afternoon and evening could also bring high winds and hail to the region, NWS forecasters warn

On Wednesday, the region was hammered by intense storms that caused power outages, felled trees and damaged roads in Sullivan and Ulster counties. The village of Jeffersonville sustained some of the worst flooding: Main Street was a river, a swift-water rescue team was deployed, and several people were rescued from a car stranded in floodwaters.

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