Storms likely to miss metro-east to the north, dump rain in flooded Mississippi

News-DemocratJuly 11, 2014 

The good news is that storms expected to hit the metro-east Friday have shifted to the north, leaving the area with mostly sunny skies and a high temperature of 88, according to the National Weather Service.

The bad news is that the shifting storms will dump more than an inch and a half of rain on Iowa and northern Illinois, adding more water to the already overflowing Mississippi River.

As of Friday morning, the river was expected to crest Saturday at 31.3 feet at St. Louis -- 1.3 feet over minor flood stage -- and then it was predicted that the water level would rapidly go down. But the changing forecast could impact those predictions for the worse.

A 20 percent chance of thunderstorms is predicted for Saturday for the metro-east with the most likely chance for rain coming before 1 p.m. After that it will be partly sunny with a high temperature of 93 and a heat index of 101.

A 20 percent chance of thunderstorms will continue into Saturday night, and on Sunday the chance will increase to 40 percent.

The high Sunday will be 92 with the heat index near 100.

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