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CNHI/Southeast Iowa

April 17, 2013

UPDATED: Stormy day brings weather risks

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OTTUMWA —

That doesn't mean southeast Iowa can ignore the situation. The National Weather Service has issued a severe thunderstorm watch that runs through 5 p.m. The highest risk from these storms is heavy rain, strong winds and the potential for large hail.

The area is under a flash flood watch as heavy rains moved through overnight and more storms arrived in the morning. Heavy rains produce more runoff, leading to the possibility of fast-rising streams. If you come to a roadway that has been flooded, do not drive into the water.

Most of the severe weather is forecast to be out of the area Thursday, but the threat will persist in northern Missouri and extreme eastern Iowa. That's close enough to warrant staying aware of conditions.

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