The Ottumwa Courier

Southeast Iowa

April 9, 2013

Stormy forecast will bring needed rain

OTTUMWA — Severe weather has returned to Iowa, and southern Iowa could see some strong storms today.

Tuesday saw an unusual morning warning north of Waterloo. The National Weather Service issued a severe thunderstorm warning for it at 9:43 a.m. While severe weather can happen at any time, it is far more common for storms to build to those levels in the afternoon and evening hours.

The Storm Prediction Center is forecasting a chance of severe weather from central Texas to southern Iowa, with the highest probability centered on Oklahoma. Tornadoes are not the main threat from the outbreak, but area residents are familiar with the kind of damage hail and strong winds can do.

A somewhat lower risk of severe weather could persist into Wednesday.

The good news with this system is it will bring needed rain to the area. Forecasters say there is a 90 percent chance of showers and storms Tuesday night, with chances of precipitation continuing every day until Friday.

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