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Flash flood watches remain in effect throughout the weekend

Des Moines Register logo Des Moines Register 9/21/2019 Andrea May Sahouri, Des Moines Register
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Periods of moderate to heavy rain, with possible flash floods, hail and brief isolated tornadoes are in the forecast throughout Iowa this weekend, the National Weather Service warns.

Heavy rainfall in south central and southeast Iowa, at rates that may approach two inches per hour, could lead to localized flash flooding, the NWS reports. Strong and severe storms are expected to develop Saturday afternoon and continue into Sunday, according to the NWS.

A flash flood watch has been issued in parts of southern and eastern Iowa from 7 p.m. Saturday until 7 p.m. Sunday.

a close up of a map: Flash flood watch remains in effect. © The National Weather Service/Special to the Register Flash flood watch remains in effect.

The storms are moving northeast across northwest Iowa.

Some portions of Iowa have already received almost two inches of rain. The NWS claims the Ottumwa airport has received at least 1.73 inches, with more rain on the way.

The NWS urges those in heavy impact areas to check for weather updates frequently and practice flash flood safety, which includes getting to higher ground, avoid driving into water and staying informed.

a close up of a map: Flash flood watch remains in effect. © The National Weather Service/Special to the Register Flash flood watch remains in effect. a close up of text on a white background: Flash flood watch remains in effect. © The National Weather Service/Special to the Register Flash flood watch remains in effect.

Andrea Sahouri covers breaking news for the Des Moines Register. She can be contacted at asahouri@registermedia.com, 515-284-8247 or on Twitter at @andreamsahouri

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