Flash Flood Watch In Effect For Iowa Great Lakes; Additional Storms Could Be Severe
(Spirit Lake)-- The National Weather Service has issued a flash flood watch for Clay, Dickinson, O'Brien and Osceola counties in northwest Iowa and Cottonwood, Jackson and Nobles in southwest Minnesota until 10:00 p.m. this (Tues.) evening.
Heavy thunderstorms this (Tues.) morning dumped 1.78 inches of rain at the KUOO studios, with about an inch and-a-quarter of that coming in less than hour.
The National Weather Service says additional thunderstorms are likely again by mid to late afternoon. They will also likely produce locally heavy rain, and may become severe. The Storm Prediction Center in Norman, Oklahoma has placed a large part of northwest Iowa and southwest Minnesota under an "enhanced" risk for severe weather later this (Tues.) afternoon and evening, meaning there's a likelihood for widespread severe thunderstorms. In addition to locally heavy rain, the storms will also have a capability of producing large hail, damaging wind and even tornadoes.
Residents should be sure to have a plan in place in the event severe weather DOES strike and be prepared to implement it.
Stay tuned to KUOO for the latest updates including any watches or warnings that may be issued.