Heavy Flooding Expected Across Northland

By KBJR News 1

Heavy Flooding Expected Across Northland

June 19, 2012 Updated Jul 2, 2012 at 1:03 PM CST

On Tuesday, the Northland has seen copious amounts of rainfall as band after band of rain continued to pummel the area. Plus we are not out of the rain yet. The warm front of an associated low in South Dakota has convection occurring to the west of our region. These storms are stalling over us allowing for wave after wave of several inches of rain on an already saturated region. As they move slowly westward, rainfall could be as much as 3-4 inches an hour in some cases. Severe weather potential is still possible with high winds, hail, and even an isolated tornado. The entire region is at risk for flooding after receiving several inches of rain already, plus the additional bands moving towards the Northland. Already, the Iron Range has seen between 4-6 inches of rain while Duluth and the North Shore have seen 2-4 inches. Some rain totals that have come in over the past couple hours include: Duluth (3.28"), Silver Bay (2.27"), Two Harbors (4.82" between 4:45pm-10:30pm!), Iron Junction (3"), Hibbing (2.25"), and Floodwood (4.68"). Highway 61 also has reports of flooding along stretches to which prompted closure going north from Duluth to Two Harbors. Flooding is a dangerous situation. If you see any roadways covered in water, notify emergency management and turn around to find an alternate route. 2 inches of standing water carries a current that can sweep a person in an instant, and 6 inches of moving water can even sweep a car. In any event, turn around and find another way to get where you are going. Heavy amounts of rainfall are expected to fall with each storm band. If motorists do venture out, be safe and be smart in your decision. A couple inches of water can be dangerous and put your life at risk. Avoid water covered roads and stay alert to Northland's NewsCenter as we bring you the latest information.
-Meteorologist Bill Mokry
Northland's NewsCenter

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