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    Vt. governor urges vigilance with heavy rains ahead

    Vermont braced Thursday for heavy rains that could drop up to 4 inches in some places and cause flooding in areas where the ground is already saturated after days of stormy weather that has already washed out some roads. The National Weather Service issued a flood watch for much of Vermont and upstate New York from Thursday evening through Friday evening and warned of localized flash floods and landslides. Parts of southern Vermont and upstate New York reported scattered thunderstorms by midafternoon Thursday. Officials prepared for the possibility of flooding over the next 48 hours and planned to open Vermont’s Emergency Operations Center Thursday evening to offer assistance to towns that may need it.