Good evening, Quad-Cities. Here is your National Weather Service forecast. Flooding is occurring on many area rivers.

Here is a look at area river levels:

The Mississippi River at Lock & Dam 15 in Rock Island was at 14.6 feet this morning. Flood stage is 15 feet. The river is expected to reach 18.9 feet by 7 p.m. Saturday. That's a substantial increase from the 15.9 feet crest forecasted earlier today.

The Mississippi River at Muscatine was at 15.67 feet this morning. Flood stage is 16 feet. The river is expected to reach 20.9 feet by 7 p.m. Saturday.

The Rock River at Moline was at 11.81 feet this morning. Flood stage is 12 feet. The river is expected to reach 15.32 feet by 1 p.m. Sunday.

The Rock River at Joslin, Ill., was at 13.37 feet this morning. Flood stage is 12 feet. The river is expected to reach 17.6 feet by 7 a.m. Sunday.

The Wapsipinicon River near DeWitt, Iowa, was at 10.8 feet this morning. Flood stage is 11 feet. The river is forecast to reach 13.2 by 7 p.m. Thursday.

For more on the latest river levels go to www.qctimes.com/levels

The National Weather Service also has issued a special weather statement:

A nearly continuous line of thunderstorms is moving over the area this afternoon. Storms are producing nickel size hail, brief torrential rains and frequent cloud to ground lightning.

These storms will be along a broad axis from Ottumwa, Iowa, to Iowa City and the Quad-Cities to Freeport, Ill., and Sterling, Ill.

Severe storms are possible and flash flooding is a growing threat. A severe thunderstorm watch is in effect as well as a flash flood warning.

A National Weather Service meteorologist, Tim Gross, said the flash flood warning means “it’s happening now or happening at any moment.”

Gross said Duck Creek is in its banks but it will go up.

“We’re just keeping an eye on it,” he said.

New rainfall amounts could be between a half and three quarters of an inch. The high will be near 56 degrees. East winds will be around 10-15 mph.

Almost 1,700 MidAmerican Energy customers in the Quad-Cities are without power as of 1 p.m. About 800 of those customers are from Davenport and another 300 are in Moline.

Tonight there is a 100 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms. Some storms could produce heavy rainfall. New rainfall could be between one to two inches possible. Temperatures could rise to about 57 degrees by 11 p.m. East winds will be around 10 mph becoming south after midnight.

Thursday there is a 90 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms. Some of the storms could produce heavy rainfall. New rainfall amounts could be between three quarters and one inch. Temperatures could rise to 61 degrees by noon then fall to around 54 degrees for the remainder of the day. South winds will be around 10-15 mph becoming northwest in the morning.

Thursday night there is a 50 percent chance of rain. New rainfall amounts could be between a tenth and a quarter of an inch. Skies will be mostly cloudy with a low around 36 degrees.

(1) comment

Blueheron

Thanks for the warning. Sure would appreciate it if you'd include LeClaire readings in your up-date. I think that qualifies for 'area river levels' too and many readers are from LeClaire, Princeton and that area in general.

Editor's note: You can get LeClaire levels and more at any time at qctimes.com/levels. Here is the direct link to LeClaire: http://qctimes.com/app/special/river_levels/?gage=leci4&t=Mississippi%20River%20at%20LeClaire

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