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Wednesday's Damaging Wind, Flash Flooding

Posted at: 05/29/2013 7:18 PM
Updated at: 05/29/2013 8:18 PM

A round of storms this afternoon has again caused quite the problems in Iowa and Minnesota.  Damaging winds as high as 60 to 69 mph were reported from Floyd to Fillmore county.  Some property damage was observed as a result.  This shot from Fountain from Drury's Furniture shows tin roof damage from high wind.

Here's a look at the severe reports from this afternoon.  Wind damage or high wind gusts are shown as the blue dots below.

The severe threat for the rest of Wednesday remains low.  But, flooding is on the minds of many.  A slow moving line of storms produced torrential rain in NE Iowa.  Radar estimates shown below has some places picking up as much as 2-3" of rain... that fell within the span of a couple of hours.



Ground reports in the Severe Reports link above show some places over 3" resulting in Flash Flooding.

It's not just NE Iowa though, the water logged grounds and swollen rivers stretch throughout the entire state of Iowa too.  Widespread flooding impacts, whether it be from Flash Flooding or River Flooding, are being seen in nearly every part of the state.



Thankfully, ABC 6 News's north central Iowa counties have faired pretty well so far.  However conditions are ripe for flash flooding to occur as the ground just can't hold anymore water.  Any storms that line up in the same area for a significant length of time will cause problems.

Another round of showers and storms will build in Thursday afternoon.  Again, Flash Flooding is a huge concern.  Secondary threats of high wind and hail are possible as well.  The Storm Prediction Center has the area in a 'Slight Risk' for severe weather on Thursday.

For Friday and beyond, the heavy rain threat eases.  And some drier times prevail beginning Sunday and lasting into much of Tuesday.

Storm Tracker 6 Chief Meteorologist
Chris Kuball