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BLOOMINGTON — Heavy rainfall and scattered thunderstorms could turn into flash floods in the Twin Cities and across Central Illinois Wednesday night.

As of 3 p.m. Wednesday, a flash flood warning was in effect for southern Woodford, northeastern Tazewell and northwestern McLean counties as heavy storms moved through.

A flash flood watch also was put into effect Wednesday afternoon for most of the region, including McLean, DeWitt, Peoria, Logan, Tazewell, Woodford and Macon counties.

The National Weather Service advises against walking or driving through flood waters. When drivers encounter flooded roads, they should turn around and find another route.

The flood warning was scheduled to end at 9 p.m. Wednesday and the watch scheduled to end at 9 a.m. Thursday when the storms are expected to subside.

Up to two inches of rain are possible in most areas as showers and thunderstorms continue overnight, according to the National Weather Service in Lincoln.

Since the ground is already saturated from recent rain, the potential for flash flooding is increased, especially in low-lying areas with poor drainage.

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