The National Weather Service has issued a Flood Watch for all of Rhode Island and parts of Connecticut and Massachusetts from Monday, September 5 through Tuesday afternoon September 6.

Heavy rain is expected to begin Monday afternoon and continue overnight through Tuesday. 3-5 inches of rain are expected with localized amounts of 5-7 inches possible before the storm winds down early Wednesday morning.

Read the complete National Weather Service Advisory below:

FLOOD WATCH IN EFFECT THROUGH TUESDAY AFTERNOON...

* WHAT...Flooding caused by excessive rainfall is possible.

* WHERE...Portions of northern Connecticut, Massachusetts and Rhode
  Island, including the following areas, in northern Connecticut,
  Hartford CT, Tolland CT and Windham CT. In Massachusetts, Central
  Middlesex MA, Eastern Essex MA, Eastern Hampden MA, Eastern
  Norfolk MA, Eastern Plymouth MA, Northern Bristol MA, Northern
  Middlesex MA, Northern Worcester MA, Southeast Middlesex MA,
  Southern Bristol MA, Southern Plymouth MA, Southern Worcester MA,
  Suffolk MA, Western Essex MA, Western Norfolk MA and Western
  Plymouth MA. In Rhode Island, Block Island RI, Bristol RI, Eastern
  Kent RI, Newport RI, Northwest Providence RI, Southeast Providence
  RI, Washington RI and Western Kent RI.

* WHEN...Through Tuesday afternoon.

* IMPACTS...Excessive runoff may result in flooding of rivers,
  creeks, streams, and other low-lying and flood-prone locations.
  Flooding may occur in poor drainage and urban areas.

* ADDITIONAL DETAILS...
  - Rainfall amounts of 3 to 5 inches are expected over much of
    Southern New England with localized amounts of 5 to 7 inches
    or more.
  - http://www.weather.gov/safety/flood

PRECAUTIONARY/PREPAREDNESS ACTIONS...

You should monitor later forecasts and be alert for possible Flood
Warnings. Those living in areas prone to flooding should be prepared
to take action should flooding develop.

Ken Abrams

Lifestyle Editor Ken Abrams writes about music, the arts and more for What'sUpNewp. He is also a contributor to Providence Monthly, SO RI, Hey Rhody and The Bay magazines.
Ken DJ's "The Kingston Coffeehouse," a roots/folk/rock radio show every Tuesday, 6-9 PM on WRIU 90.3 FM. He is a former educator in the Scituate, RI school system where he taught Social Studies for over 30 years.
Ken is presently on the board of the Rhode Island Folk Festival and Newport Live (formerly Common Fence Music), a non-profit that brings diverse musical acts to the Newport area.