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Heavy rain pounds Council Bluffs, other parts of western Iowa; flood warning issued


COUNCIL BLUFFS, Iowa — Heavy rain has been pounding Council Bluffs and other parts of western Iowa, prompting flood warnings and threatening to foul the morning commute for thousands of people.

A National Weather Service's flash flood warning says the storm system already has dumped at least 2 inches of rain on the area — up to 4 inches in some spots. The weather service says an additional 1 to 2 inches are possible.

In addition to Council Bluffs, the warning mentions possible threats to Crescent, Hitchcock Nature Center, Lake Manawa State Park and Narrows River Access County Park.

The weather service says heavy rain, pea-sized hail and 60 mph wind gusts were reported across the Missouri River at Eppley Airfield in Omaha, Nebraska.

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