High Risk of Flooding across US this Week with Multiple Rounds of Storms

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Multiple rounds of thunderstorms will bring heavy rain and a high risk of flooding to many areas across the US this week, historic St. Louis flooding, drought dries up stretch of Rio Grande, weather alerts and 3-day forecast.

NWS weather alerts for Tuesday:

Here are the latest weather alerts from the National Weather Service (NWS) for Tuesday.

Flood watch: southeastern California and deserts; southern Nevada; southern and southeastern Utah; Arizona; western, central and northern New Mexico; central and southern Indiana; southern Ohio; southern, western and central West Virginia; southwestern Virginia.

Flood warning: eastern Missouri; central and east-central Illinois; southwestern Indiana; central Kentucky.

Flash flood warning: eastern Missouri; west central and southern Illinois; eastern Kentucky; north central and northern California.

Excessive heat warning: central and western Washington; northern Idaho; northwest, northern, central and southwestern Oregon; northern California; north-central, northeastern, central and eastern Oklahoma; Northwestern Arkansas.

Heat advisory for portions of: Washington, Idaho, Oregon, California, Kansas, Oklahoma, Texas, Missouri, Arkansas, Louisiana, Illinois, Kentucky, Tennessee and Mississippi.

Red flag warning: central Oklahoma; north-central Texas.

Historic flooding in St. Louis: Ongoing rescues, evacuations

Historic levels of rainfall have inundated St. Louis and the greater surrounding areas leading to flash flooding. A “life-threatening situation” flood emergency warning was issued for the area. Ongoing rescue efforts are in progress to free people trapped from vehicles and homes. The highest rainfall so far is 12.35 inches near St. Peter’s, northwest of the city, the Weather Channel reported. The city of St. Louis had over 8 inches of rain, breaking the all-time record of 6.85 inches set in 1915.

Drought: Stretch of Rio Grande runs dry, another body uncovered in Lake Mead by receding water

A stretch of the Rio Grande, called the Albuquerque Reach, near Albuquerque, New Mexico, has run dry for the first time in over 40 years since 1983, the Weather Channel reported.

In an area known as Swim Beach at Lake Mead, roughly 30 miles east of Las Vegas, further receding water levels have unearthed more human remains, according to the National Park Service, who are investigating the matter, CBS reported. If the human remains are verified, they would become the third body discovered this year.

The 3-day forecast: Multiple rounds of thunderstorms this week heighten flood risk

Thunderstorms will be prevalent across the Lower 48 from the West to the East this week, with multiple areas under the threat of heavy rain and bringing the potential for flash flooding.

Here is the latest 3-day forecast from the National Weather Service (NWS).

Tuesday: Scattered thunderstorms, flood threat

Scattered thunderstorms from California to the Atlantic from Texas to Minnesota. A flooding threat in the West over portions of California, Nevada, Utah, Arizona, Colorado and New Mexico, while in the East the flood threat looms over Missouri, Illinois, Indiana, Ohio, Kentucky, Tennessee, Virginia and West Virginia.

Wednesday: Scattered thunderstorms, flood threat

Wednesday’s forecast is a repeat of Tuesday, while the flooding threat will expand to include those states described above for Tuesday, and adding Oklahoma and Texas in the West, and North Carolina, Maryland and Pennsylvania in the East.

Thursday: Scattered thunderstorms from California to Maine

Thunderstorms will stretch from California to Maine, spreading northward to extend over the mid-Atlantic and Northeast.

The flooding threat will shift in the West hovering over portions of Wyoming, Colorado, New Mexico, Kansas, Oklahoma and Texas. While to the east, the flooding threat will stretch over a bigger portion of the South including Missouri, Arkansas, Mississippi, Alabama, Georgia, North Carolina, Tennessee, Kentucky, Illinois, Indiana, Ohio, West Virginia, Virginia, Maryland and Pennsylvania.