2.28" Rain at MSP Since Midnight and Counting: Flash Flood Warnings Today
June 19, 2014 — 8:19am
Flash Flood Warning. Another wave of heavy T-storms is pushing into the Twin Cities, where over 2" of rain has already fallen since midnight - more heavy rain is imminent, and flooding of streets, streams and poor drainage areas is likely, especially south metro to Mankato and Red Wing, where recent flooding has been extensive. Details on the Flash Flood Warning:
BULLETIN - EAS ACTIVATION REQUESTED FLASH FLOOD WARNING NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE TWIN CITIES/CHANHASSEN MN 706 AM CDT THU JUN 19 2014
THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE IN THE TWIN CITIES HAS ISSUED A
* FLASH FLOOD WARNING FOR... SOUTH CENTRAL HENNEPIN COUNTY IN EAST CENTRAL MINNESOTA...
* UNTIL 100 PM CDT
* AT 702 AM CDT...THUNDERSTORMS WITH VERY HEAVY RAINFALL ACROSS THE WARNED AREA. 2 TO 4 INCHES OF RAIN HAS FALLEN OVER MINNEHAHA CREEK AND HAS CAUSED WATER LEVELS TO RISE QUICKLY.
* RUNOFF FROM THIS EXCESSIVE RAINFALL WILL CAUSE FLASH FLOODING TO OCCUR. SOME LOCATIONS THAT WILL EXPERIENCE FLOODING INCLUDE... EDINA...MINNETONKA AND SOUTH MINNEAPOLIS.
EXCESSIVE RUNOFF FROM HEAVY RAINFALL WILL CAUSE FLOODING OF SMALL CREEKS AND STREAMS...URBAN AREAS...HIGHWAYS...STREETS AND UNDERPASSES AS WELL AS OTHER DRAINAGE AREAS AND LOW LYING SPOTS.
FLOOD WATERS ARE MOVING DOWN MINNEHAHA CREEK FROM LAKE MINNETONKA TO THE MISSISSIPPI RIVER.
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