Officials say severe weather around Iowa could pack hail, tornadoes

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DES MOINES, Iowa — Severe weather around Iowa on Tuesday could pack hail and tornadoes, according to officials.

The large storm system moving throughout the state is expected to bring strong winds, heavy rainfall and potential flooding between the late afternoon and evening, said the National Weather Service in a hazardous weather briefing.

Officials said the severe weather could damage trees and property as well as cause flash flooding and river flooding. Most of the state is under a flash flood watch until Wednesday morning. Up to 2 to 3 inches of rain could fall around Iowa, with up to 4 inches in the southern half of the state.

The greatest threat of tornado activity is in southwest Iowa. A tornado watch is in effect for that area until midnight.

Strong winds are expected to last Tuesday night into early Wednesday morning.

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