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Severe weather, rain, and thunderstorms continue through Labor Day

Lightining can be seen as a severe thunderstorm passes over Cedar Rapid at sunset on Thursday, June 15, 2017.  (Cliff Jette/The Gazette),
Lightining can be seen as a severe thunderstorm passes over Cedar Rapid at sunset on Thursday, June 15, 2017. (Cliff Jette/The Gazette),

The rain and thunderstorms continues for Labor Day, with much of IOW blanketed by flash flood warnings, watches, and a hazardous weather outlook.

According to the National Weather Service, heavy rain will be possible through midday today with any thunderstorm that crosses the area.

The atmosphere is extremely moist, and will allow for heavy rainfalls with rates of 1 — 2 inches an hour.

A flash flood watch has been issued through 1 p.m. today for most of Eastern Iowa.

A band of storms can be seen traveling North East out of Kansas this morning, carrying with it the chances for these heavy, isolated bursts of rain.

Temperatures for today are expected to stay in the 70s, with a high in the early evening of 78 degrees.

The storms that have blanked the region throughout the area are raising river levels.

According to the National Weather Services’s river gauges, the Cedar River at Cedar Falls is expected to crest Tuesday morning in moderate flood stage at 90.5 feet.

By the time the crest reaches Cedar Rapids, the gauges currently project a crest of 11.9 feet, in Wednesday evening, which would be right below minor flood stage.

As rain continues, and forecasts adjust, these levels will adjust as well.

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