Hazardous weather outlook issued
The National Weather Service (NWS) of the Quad Cities has issued a hazardous weather outlook for today, including Washington County.
According to the NWS Web site, thunderstorms are likely across the outlook area today. Some storms may be severe this afternoon, especially southeast from Sterling, Ill. to near Ottumwa, where the storm prediction center has placed a slight risk. The severe weather threats include large hail, damaging winds, and tornadoes.
David Cousins from the NWS in the Quad Cities said the difference in temperatures across the state would be a factor when it comes to the severity of the storms this afternoon.
“Along I-80 the air is cooler, but farther south and east the air is warmer,” Cousins said. “The high is expected to be around 70 today and it will be breezy. Winds will shift southeast to 10 to 15 miles per hour and the chances of showers will continue tonight. The more significant weather will happen to the south and east of us.”
A flood watch has also been issued by the NWS until midnight, the Web site said. Heavy rainfall amounts from yesterday through Tuesday could cause local rivers to rise and flood.
“We were expecting 2 to 4 inches of rain, but now we’re only expecting 1 to 3 inches,” Cousins said.
Washington County Engineer Jacob Thorius said his department is keeping an eye on the lower-lying areas around the English River south of Kalona. However, there aren’t roads closed from flooding right now.