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Rochester, MN (KROC-AM News) - Heavy rains today prompted the National Weather Service to issue Flash Flood Warnings for an area west of Rochester.

The warnings will be in effect until 11:30 AM across northern Steele County and sections of Waseca County due to street flooding and plugging along small creeks and streams. The warning includes the cities of Owatonna and Waseca.

The thunderstorms responsible for the flooding had been mainly tracking just north of Rochester until mid-morning. The National Weather Service says the storms are expected to continue developing across the region this morning and carry the threat of hail, gusty winds, and lightning.

Hot and muggy conditions are expected to follow the storms this afternoon and into tomorrow. The National Weather Service has already posted a heat advisory for the Rochester area and the rest of the region from 11 AM through 8 PM tomorrow when temperatures are predicted to rise into the 90s.

An excessive heat warning will be in effect across the Twin Cities.

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