LA CROSSE, Wis. (WKBT) -

The strongest storms will stay south of the La Crosse area. However... once this complex of storms moves east, expect a period of very gusty winds. Gusts of 40 to 50 mph will be likely across much of the area. These are caused air rushing into an area of lower air pressure produced by the storms. The winds should only last about an hour or so. -WKBT Cory Malles

3:53PM... A FLASH FLOOD WARNING has been issued for Craford, southern Richland and Grant Counties until 9:15pm. Severe t-storms are producing between one and two inches of rain per hour across these areas. Remain alert for rapidly rising water on area creeks. Also be alert for street flooding. Mudslides are possible in steep terrain. -WKBT Cory Malles

A SEVERE T-STORM WARNING is in effect for southern Crawford and Grant Counties. The main threat is localized wind gusts to 80mph and quarter-sized hail. The storms are moving East at 45 mph and will affect the Prairie du Chien, McGregor, and Marquette areas between 3:30 and 3:40pm. Take shelter if you live in these areas.  - WKBT Cory Malles

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The southern and eastern two-thirds of the News 8 viewing area is under a SLIGHT RISK of severe storms Monday afternoon and evening.

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StormTeam 8 Meteorologist Michelle Poedel said storms will likely start coming into the viewing area around 12 p.m. through 11 p.m. Damaging winds and heavy rain appear to be the main threats, but large hail and isolated tornadoes are possible as well, especially in our southern counties and into Iowa.

MODERATE RISK of severe storms has been nudged a bit farther north to include parts of the southern fringe of the News 8 viewing area.

MISSISSIPPI RIVER INFO:  RIVER FLOOD WARNINGS remain in effect for the Mississippi River until further notice all through the News 8 viewing area... from Lake City to the north -- to McGregor, IA & PdC to the south. This includes the La Crosse area where the river is nearly a foot and a half above the flood stage of 12.0 feet. Water levels are expected to finally crest in many areas over the next couple of days... but it will take several days for the river to fall below flood stage. Minor flooding will continue in McGregor & Lake City. Moderate flooding will continue in La Crosse, Wabasha & Winona. Keep a close eye on water levels along the Mississippi River as river forecasts can be very changeable.

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