Those who have been sweating it out for the heat dome to finally break over Polk County can cool off – just a little bit.

As the heat finally broke today, the arrival of thunderstorms is here for the afternoon and evening hours as rumbles along the west side of the county heading into what is usually the hottest part of the day signal that rain is finally on the way.

Except with that rain is coming some areas where severe weather is likely, and winds and heavy downpours are going to come with lots of thunder and lightning for the next several hours.

A slow-moving cluster of storms are on their way to Polk County from the southwest and are expected to impact the area through the rest of the afternoon and evening hours.

Here’s where the storms stood as of this posting:

Keep track of local radar here.

The NWS did post a Hazardous Weather Outlook, but thus far the only thing they are expecting is potential for heavy rainfall in some storms and a slight chance for downburst winds that could damage property or trees.

Flash flooding is possible in low lying areas as well.

Do take caution on the evening commute home, and check back for further updates if they become necessary.

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