Quad Cities, IA/IL – I-80 Area Braces for 2-3 Inches of Rain This Afternoon, Flooding Concerns

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Quad Cities, IA/IL – The National Weather Service in Quad Cities has issued a significant weather alert for today, focusing on heavy rainfall that is expected to impact regions along and south of I-80.

Forecasters predict rainfall rates of 2-3 inches per hour during intense thunderstorms slated for this afternoon and evening. These conditions are likely to lead to substantial flooding issues, particularly flash flooding and rapidly rising river levels, which pose threats to low-lying areas and roadways.

Authorities are advising residents and travelers in the affected areas to stay vigilant and avoid driving through flooded streets. The slogan “Turn Around Don’t Drown” is especially pertinent under these conditions, emphasizing the danger of entering floodwaters, which can be deeper and more forceful than they appear.

After today’s severe weather, the region is expected to experience a brief respite. The weather forecast for Tuesday and Wednesday promises dry conditions with increasing sunshine, providing an opportunity for cleanup and recovery. However, weather patterns indicate that precipitation may return by Thursday with scattered showers and thunderstorms, potentially complicating recovery efforts if additional rainfall accumulates.

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