At least six tornadoes spotted across Iowa, USA
Tornadoes, thunderstorms and hail hammered the Hawkeye State on Sunday, damaging trees and property but leaving Iowans mostly unscathed.
The National Weather Service said that at least six tornadoes were reported by spotters between 4:45 p.m. and 10 p.m. Sunday along with scores of funnel clouds that did not transform into twisters. No reports of serious injuries were available late Sunday.
More severe weather is expected Monday across Iowa, perhaps more intense than Sunday.
Monday’s rainfall could tally an inch or more, with higher amounts possible in thunderstorms. The already saturated ground means flash floods and flooding along rivers, said Aubry Wilkins, meteorologist for the National Weather Service bureau in Johnston.
“We can’t take much more water right now,” she said. “Keep an eye on those flash floods. Water can rise fast and unexpectedly, especially in heavy downpours.”
Sunday’s storms sauntered into Iowa shortly before 5 p.m. and exploded across the state with a flurry of severe weather.
The storm cut a diagonal swath across the state from Harrison County in western Iowa through Fort Dodge and Webster County in north central Iowa north toward Winneshiek County.
Two tornadoes were spotted near Stratford in Webster County at 7:12 p.m., according to storm spotters.