More heavy rain is bringing more flash flooding, road closures, wet basements and headaches. For a second consecutive day, severe thunderstorms are dumping torrents of rain on Iowa’s saturated soil.
National Weather Service meteorologist Frank Boksa says some areas of the state have gotten five inches of rain in the past 24 hours, with more coming down — and still more in the forecast. Boksa says the northern third-to-half of the state is at risk for more flooding tonight, with two-to-five more inches of rain expected.
Some areas report more than seven-inches of rain in the past day. Bremer County, in northeast Iowa, got as much as eight inches overnight.
Rod Donovan, a meteorologist at the National Weather Service, says if this morning’s storms look familiar, there’s a reason for it. Donovan says the same storm system has been stalled over the region for a couple of days, dumping heavy bands of rain this morning on many of the same areas that saw downpours on Thursday.
It’s heightened the risk for flash flooding and Donovan says we can expect more of the same today. “It’ll take a while to get the sun back with all this debris from the storms from this morning,” Donovan says. “Once again, we’ll have storms developing this afternoon and especially likely overnight tonight.”
Donovan says the weather may clear on Sunday, but we can expect a return to showers and thunderstorms by Monday.
Thanks to Pat Powers, KQWC, Webster City