Storm, Flooding Threat to Target Colorado, Texas to Indiana

By Jordan Root, Meteorologist
June 24, 2014; 3:15 AM
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Severe storms and flash flooding will target the Midwest to the Plains and Rockies into Monday night, affecting travel and putting lives and property at risk.

The storms will have the potential to produce locally strong winds that could topple trees and power lines as well as large and damaging hail.

More than 4.5 inches of rain was reported in three hours Monday evening near Brook, Indiana, reports Newton County Fire Department and Rescue officials.

Due to heavy rain, flash flooding was reported in Brook, Freeland Park, and Foresman, Indiana. Multiple road closures with up to 6 inches of water along Indiana State Route 71 at the intersection of route 18, emergency management reported.

Law enforcement reported a tornado near Fairfield, Illinois, at 5:22 p.m. CDT with no major damage.

A burst of rainfall in a short amount of time can occur as well, raising the risk for flash flooding.

Cities at risk for these storms include Indianapolis; Peoria, Illinois; St. Louis and Springfield, Missouri; Little Rock, Arkansas; and Tulsa, Oklahoma.

Across the Colorado Front Range, large hail and gusty winds will accompany these storms as well as the threat for an isolated tornado early on.

The strongest storms Monday night are likely to occur across eastern Colorado, eastern New Mexico, the Oklahoma and Texas panhandles, southern Missouri and Arkansas.

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Folks taking to the road in advised areas of the Central states into Monday night will want to use extra caution. Motorists may encounter blinding downpours as well as flooded roadways. Travel delays should be anticipated.

Gusty winds ahead of these storms could kick up dust and create poor visibility. This was the case on Sunday near Wallace, Kansas, where visibility fell to near zero.

The storms will bring beneficial rain to some areas over the central and southern Plains and Rockies are in need of moisture.

The threat of severe thunderstorms will continue over portions of the southern Plains on Tuesday.

The risk of gusty storms and flooding rain will also target the Ohio Valley into the Northeast at midweek.

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