Just watching the amazing amounts of rainfall this early morning in northern Iowa and now keeping watch over the watches and warnings in central Iowa.
The severe weather crawl has not stopped since the evening news last night. The flash flood warnings, severe thunderstorms warnings and watches for floods and storms has been pumping into the weather office all night.
Pea sized hail just whipped into Waukee with wind gusts near 45 mph. The NBC satellite feed has been interrupted through the last few minutes with the heavy rainfall and high wind. Your sleep was possibly interrupted too.
The seriousness of the flooding is really overwhelming. Saylorville is filling up fast. We are expected to see levels around 890 feet by the end of the week. That is within 2 feet of the all-time record set in 1993.
Counties in northern Iowa..including Webster, Hamilton and Humboldt have been underwater for days. One heavy rainfall event after another has washed out gravel roads and bridges…and has closed A couple highways over that area of the state.
More heavy rain fall is expected through this morning…but then we are looking at a string of drier days next week.
The Des Moines Arts Festival was punished with high wind and high heat Friday night and Saturday. Now this line of thunderstorms will be knocking over the stands and artwork through about 6 AM.
Please watch for the rising river levels in your area. Flooding is going to be with us through the next several days. Any area that is prone to flooding is going to flood.
Lots of coverage of the storms will hit the air through the next several days. Let us know what you are seeing and send us your pictures of flooding and possible damage from the storms tonight.