As heavy rains continue throughout Tiverton, Little Compton and much of the state on Wednesday, the National Weather Service (NWS) has issued a hazardous weather warning.
A weak cold front sweeping across New England is acting as a focus for rain today, with heavy downpours and isolated thunderstorms. Rainfall of up to one 1 inch per hour and storm totals around 2 inches are expected to cause flash flooding across Newport County.
"Flash flooding of small streams and urban areas is occurring or imminent," according to the warning. The NWS is encouraging residents to move to higher ground and aviod travelling through flooded roads.
The flash flood warning is in effect until 2 p.m.
Although the rain will deter most beach goers on Wednesday, the NWS issued a high surf advisorythrough at least Thursday at 6 p.m.
Waves of 5 to 8 feet with accompanying rip currents are expected as as remnants from Tropical Storm Leslie cause high surf on south-facing beaches across the Massachusetts and Rhode Island coasts.