Flash flood watches issued as heavy rain continues in New England

Flooding could be enhanced by drains clogged with fallen leaves

BOSTON - Heavy rain will continue in parts of New England on Sunday before a storm system begins to pull away later in the day into the evening hours.

Several areas have picked up a few inches of rain, like in Portland, Maine where 2 to 3 inches fell over the past 12 hours.

Flash flood watches are in place for parts of Maine and New Hampshire until 11 a.m., and flood warnings have been issued in places like Portsmouth, New Hampshire and Portland, Maine through Sunday morning.

Locally, heavy rainfall is expected as the system enters northern New England and some areas could pick up an additional few inches.

The flooding may be enhanced by leaves that have clogged drains, and drivers are being advised to avoid areas where water covers the road.

Cooler and dry conditions are expected Monday after the storm system exits the area.

Some stronger winds gusts can be expected across the Northeast Sunday. Portland, Boston, New York City and Philadelphia could see some gusts between 20 and 30 mph later in the day, and that could last into early Monday morning.