Thursday, August 18, 2016

Flooding Again A Possibility

Another night of heavy rain and thunderstorms is expected across portions of the area. This time, though, it is expected to impact many more people than Wednesday night's storms did. A line of strong storms in southern Wisconsin and northeastern Iowa will continue diving towards the southeast slowly this evening. That will bring heavy rain, thunder and lightning, and gusty winds late this evening into the overnight hours. Ahead of this, a few storms have blossomed. They have been prolific rain-producers, in addition to producing lightning and gusty winds. All of this activity will swing through northern Illinois and southern Wisconsin, creating a very heavy rain and flooding threat.
In fact, portions of the Stateline are under a Flash Flood Watch through 6 AM Friday for heavy rain in excess of 2-5". The storms will again move slowly, which combined with plentiful moisture in the atmosphere, will allow for those higher rain totals to be achieved. The heaviest, more concentrated areas of rain will come to an end before sunrise. Remember to report flooding to the National Weather Service, if you can do so safely. In addition, never drive into a flooded area, and never approach an area that you think may be under water.

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