A soggy start: Austin saw about 1.77 to 3.2 inches of rain

Published 1:33 pm Friday, July 21, 2017

Austin had a soggy start to its Friday.

Mower County was under a flash flood warning for a few hours as a strong storm system brought downpours to the Austin area and left 1.77 to 3.23 inches of rain around Austin, depending on the location, according to The National Weather Service.

The heavy rains caused concerns because many soils were already saturated from recent rains, the weather service said. Some street flooding was reported in Austin.

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The heaviest parts of the morning storm hit from Austin south to Fayette, Iowa.

After early downpours, rain continued on and off until the early afternoon, but a second round of storms in the afternoon largely tracked south into Iowa.

Austin is trending a tick above average precipitation so far for the month and year, with 4.03 inches of rain in July compared to the normal of 3.29 inches by this point, and 23.89 inches of precipitation so far to the normal 19.7 inches, according to the National Weather Service.