Severe Thunderstorm and Flash Flooding potential late Today and Tonight

A strong spring storm system is making its way across the midwest today, and will bring widespread showers and thunderstorms to the area today, tonight and Monday morning. 

The area is in a slight risk of severe weather as the storms move into the area late this afternoon and tonight.  Some of these storms will have the potential to produce damaging winds and large hail, with an isolated threat of a tornado also possible.  The greatest threat for these severe storms will be for over eastern Iowa this evening.  

More thunderstorms are expected to continue to move across the area this evening and overnight tonight, which will have the threat of very heavy rainfall and possibly flash flooding.    Recent rainfall in the past two days has left soils saturated, especially for areas northwest of a line from Fairfield Iowa, to Stockton, Illinois.  This, along with the heavy rainfall rates puts the area at risk for flash flooding.  In addition, the heavy rain from the last two days, and the rainfall expected today, tonight and Monday morning will cause significant rises on area rivers.

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