Late in the afternoon the national weather service issued a flash flood warning, and at about 5:30 p.m. a strong thunderstorm moved across the area dropping a significant amount of rain in a very short period of time.
As a result flash flooding took place on several streets and low-lying area, including areas of downtown, the north side of the city, and over in Lakewood at the Chautauqua Mall.
According to the Post Journal, the storm resulted in at last two cars being swept up with the current. One was in Jamestown on W. Eighth St., where first responders had to wade through the waters to retrieve a female driver and two children in a car that had been caught up in the flooded roadway. No one was injured and that area of Eighth street was closed until the water subsided.
Meanwhile a car was also swept away at the Chautauqua Mall parking lot near Sears, with the driver being stranded inside her vehicle in about 2 feet of water.
The flash-flood warning was in effect for the area until 8:30 p.m.
The forecast is also calling for a good chance of rain at least every day for the rest of this week, including Thursday.