- Associated Press - Tuesday, July 19, 2016

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) - A thunderstorm carrying strong lightning and heavy rain has caused flash flooding in some areas of north and central Iowa including Des Moines.

The National Weather Service issued a flash flood warning Tuesday for portions of four central Iowa counties until early evening. More than a dozen others were placed in a flash flood watch, where conditions are possible for additional evening flooding to develop.

Rainfall estimates ranged between three and five inches across a wide area of central Iowa. Localized street flooding was reported on the east side of Des Moines near the Iowa State Fairgrounds.

State softball games and Iowa Cubs games scheduled for Tuesday were also called off.

MidAmerican Energy reported power outages for more than 2,000 Des Moines area customers and about 200 in Council Bluffs.

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