Most of the area is under a flood warning until 4:45 a.m. Sunday.

Counties affected include Morrow, Richland, Marion, Ashland and Knox, according to the National Weather Service in Cleveland.

As of 4:42 p.m. Saturday, heavy rain was falling over the area. Up to 1 inch of rain already had fallen, and there were rumblings of thunder.

Morrow County Sheriff John Hinton has issued this advisory:

“Morrow County has received a large amount of rain. This rain has caused flooding throughout the county. We are urging everyone to only drive if it is absolutely necessary. If you come across a road that has water across it, please turn around and take an alternate route.

“One person has already been rescued tonight because they tried to drive through water that was over the roadway.”

List of roads currently flooded, as reported to the Sheriff’s Office Saturday night:

St Rt 288 between SR 61 and SR 19

St Rt 229/Rd 170

Rd 8 E of Rd 46

Rd 29 E of Rd 38

Rd 170 South of Rd 15

SR 61/ SR 229 road completely covered

Rd 61 and Rd76

Rd 57 W St Rt 19

Rd 103 N & S is under water

Cardington Dollar General Parking lot

Rd 38 entire road flooded

Rd 218/Rd 221 Bridge Completely impassable

Rd 9 Bridge near SR 95 completely impassable

Rd 145 E of SR 61

SR 229/Rd166

Rd 170/Rd 15

Rd 21/Rd 26 signs have been hit

Rd 126/Village limits completely flooded

SR 229/Rd165

Rd 166/Rd 156 off of SR 229

SR 95/Rd 178

Rd 29 off of SR 61

Rain is supposed to dissipate around 6 p.m. with lighter rain possible. An additional inch or more is possible, according to the weather service.

Authorities warn motorists to be especially cautious at night when it is harder to recognize the dangers of flooding.

By Anthony Conchel

The Sentinel