9:45am UPDATE: Severe Threat Confined to Western Iowa

UntitledAnother night of stormy weather did not produce severe weather, but did drop another round of heavy rain in an area that did not need it.  To the left is the Des Moines NEXRAD rain totals from this morning.   Areas in yellow and red saw 2-5” of rain.  In Oskaloosa, more than a dozen people were rescued from their homes after the heavy rain sparked a flash flood.

There’s also numerous reports this morning of creeks out of their banks and roadways underwater forcing state authorities to close a number of roads and highways.  Of course the bad news is more rain is on the way and in some places, strong storms might also cause problems.

These nighttime storms are doing little in the way of cooling off the state, or relieving us of our oppressive humidity.  Although much of the state faces a threat of showers and thunderstorms once again tonight, the primary threat lies in western Iowa.

day1otlk_1300The graphic to the right shows the risk area posted by the Storm Prediction Center this morning.  It covers most of western Iowa.  If storms can get going late this afternoon, all modes of severe weather would be possible.  During initial development it would be possibly to see an isolated tornado or two and some large hail reports. 

As the sun sets, storms should begin to shift to more of a strong wind threat.  We could see another round on Wednesday as well before we finally get a much needed, but short break from the rain.

We’ll continue to monitor the latest forecasts and bring you updates on today’s severe weather threats as needed.  And we’ll also consider whether to launch live coverage in the event of a severe weather outbreak.

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