WATERLOO, Ill. (Republic-Times) -- After 10 days of triple-digit heat and drought conditions, thunderstorms rolled through Monroe County and surrounding areas Saturday night and Sunday evening, resulting in minor flooding, lightning strikes to trees and homes, and other mishaps. Temperatures reached the high 90s in the afternoon, but quickly cooled into the 70s as the storm hit.
There were only a few reports of trees down and brief power outages locally as a result of Saturday night's thunderstorm. Corn stalks in many area fields were downed as a result of strong winds produced by the storm.
Just after 6 p.m. Sunday, another storm barreled through the county, dropping more than three inches of rain in Waterloo with similar amounts reported elsewhere. The National Weather Service in St. Louis has issued an urban and small stream flood advisory for Monroe County until 1 a.m. Monday. Runoff from this excessive rainfall can cause minor flooding, especially along low-lying roadways and along small streams, the NWS said.
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