Torrential downpours, flash flooding create life-threatening conditions

Traffic cameras capture flooding on Interstate 55 during torrential downpours Tuesday morning
Photo credit Stitch Benson/KMOX

SAINT LOUIS, MO (KMOX) - Shortly after 4 a.m. Tuesday morning, the National Weather Service was reporting that spotters around the region were already reporting 6 to 10 inches of rain from overnight storms.

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The National Weather Service reporting the rain totals have set a record.

As the morning rush started, the St. Louis area was in the middle of a massive storm system stretching from NW Missouri to Louisville, Kentucky.

By 5 a.m. nearly every major interstate had closures due to high water and municipalities were asking residents to stay home if possible, due to an overwhelming demand on emergency services.

Listen to KMOX at 1120 AM, 98.7 FM, or on the Audacy app for up-to-the-minute details on this storm system.

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