Parts of North Dakota under flash flood warning, tornado watch
Most of North Dakota is either in a flash flood warning or tornado watch.
The National Weather Service in Bismarck has issued a tornado watch for southwest and southcentral North Dakota, including Adams, Burleigh, Grant, Hettinger, Morton, Oliver, Sioux and Stark counties.
Severe thunderstorms are moving north from South Dakota. These storms have a history of producing hail and heavy rain, NWS meteorologist April Cooper said. They also have potential of producing isolated tornadoes.
The tornado watch is expected to expire at 8 p.m. Mountain Time.
NWS also issued a flash flood warning for the western half and central North Dakota, including Billings, Bowman, Golden Valley, Dunn Grant, McKenzie, Mercer, Morton, Oliver, Sioux, Slope, Stark and Williams until 12 a.m. Mountain Time.
The thunderstorm could drop 2-3 inches of rain across the area. The rain from Tuesday’s storms and today’s storms could cause flooding along creeks, streams and in low areas, according to NWS. Cities may experience rainfall that could exceed drainage capabilities, resulting in street flooding.