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Severe storms, flooding, road closures continue Friday (forecast video)

Severe thunderstorms possible in the northern Great Plains:  Potential for strong winds, hail and isolated tornadoes from around Sheridan, Wyoming to the North Dakota-Canada order. Can’t rule out areas of flash flooding.

Scattered thunderstorms across the Southeast: Storms will pop up from the lower Mississippi River valley to the Carolinas and Virginia, but most of these won’t be severe as far as winds or hail. However, flash flooding is possible.

The following roads remain closed in both directions because of ongoing flooding:

• I-29 from St. Joseph, Missouri to US-34 near Pacific Junction, Iowa. This is a 100-mile stretch. • I-29 from Council Bluffs to Loveland, Iowa (17 miles).
• I-680 from the Iowa-Nebraska border to I-29 in Iowa (this is the Mormon Bridge).

Problems at ports: Barge traffic remains suspended at the ports of Little Rock and St. Louis due to ongoing flooding on the Arkansas and Mississippi rivers. Flash flooding may cause delays at the Port of Southern Louisiana, which includes the ports of Baton Rouge and New Orleans.

Nick Austin, Director of Weather Analytics and Senior Meteorologist

In his nearly 20 years of weather forecasting experience, Nick worked on air at WBBJ-TV and WRCB-TV, including time spent doing weather analysis and field reporting. He received his Bachelor of Science in Meteorology from Florida State University as well as a Bachelor of Science in Management from Georgia Institute of Technology. Nick is also a member of the American Meteorological Society and National Weather Association. As a member of the weather team at WBBJ-TV in Jackson, Tennessee, Nick was nominated for a Mid-South Emmy for live coverage of a major tornado outbreak in 2008. As part of the weather team at WRCB-TV in Chattanooga, Tennessee, Nick shared the Chattanooga Times-Free Press Best of the Best award for “Best Weather Team” for eight consecutive years. Nick earned his National Weather Association Broadcasting Seal in 2005.

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