Tornado watch in effect for central and northern Iowa
A tornado watch is in effect until 9 p.m. this evening for much of central and northern Iowa, according to the National Weather Service.
Polk, Dallas and Story counties were among the counties included in the watch. According to the watch, severe thunderstorms are possible this evening with an increased risk of severe weather.
6:02 p.m.: A tornado warning is in effect for areas around Traer, Gladbrook and Garwin until 6:45 p.m.
5:59 p.m.: A tornado warning is in effect for areas around Rockwell City, Farnhamville and Lohrville until 6:45 p.m.
5:53 p.m.: A tornado warning is in effect for the Readlyn area until 6:30 p.m.
5:50 p.m.: A tornado warning is in effect for the Rockwell area until 6:15 p.m.
5:49 p.m.: A severe thunderstorm warning is in effect for Waterloo, Cedar Falls and Evansdale until 6:30 p.m.
5:27 p.m.: A tornado touched ground east of Shell Rock and is heading toward Waverly, according to the National Weather Service.
Additionally, more tornado warnings, as well as severe thunderstorm warnings, have been issued.
Both a tornado warning and a severe thunderstorm warning was issued until 6 p.m. for areas in or near Waverly, Denver, and Tripoli.
Another severe thunderstorm warning was issued until 6 p.m. for areas in or near Eldora, Conrad, and Hubbard.
5:14 p.m.: The National Weather Service reported a hailstorm with “ping pong size hail” over Clarksville.
4:56 p.m.: Numerous other north-central Iowa cities are under a tornado warning. For areas in or near Waverly, Clarksville, Shell Rock, a tornado warning is issued until 5:30 p.m.
In areas in or near Eldora, Buckeye, Owasa, Story City, Roland and Hubbard, the warning is issued until 5:45 p.m.
The National Weather Service is warning those currently in these areas to take cover, citing multiple reports of storms with strong rotations.
4:36 p.m.: A tornado warning was issued for parts of north-central Iowa near Iowa Falls, Alden and Buckeye until 5:15 p.m.
4:30 p.m.: A tornado warning was issued for parts of north-central Iowa near Allison, Dumont and Bristow until 5 p.m.
Another warning was also issued near Gowrie, Callender and Farnhamville until 5 p.m.
4:29 p.m.: A tornado warning was issued for parts of north-central Iowa near Jewell Junction, Hubbard and Radcliffe 5 p.m.
4:23 p.m.: A tornado warning was issued for parts of north-central Iowa near Webster City, Williams and Blairsburg until 5 p.m.
4:05 p.m.: A tornado warning was issued for parts of north-central Iowa near Story City, Jewell Junction and Stratford until 4:45 p.m.
3:56 p.m.: A tornado warning was issued for parts of north-central Iowa near Lake City, Churdan and Farnhamville until 4:30 p.m.
Potential for severe weather to continue Wednesday evening
“There are some showers and storms developing across central Iowa, mainly the north of Des Moines,” a NWS spokesperson said Wednesday afternoon. “We’re expecting those showers and storms to develop south as the evening progresses.”
According to the update, the main threats are from damaging winds, large hail and a few tornadoes. Locally heavy rainfall is also expected.
The storm chances are expected to continue into Thursday afternoon, mainly in northeast Iowa. Although, according to the NWS, severe weather appears to be unlikely Thursday.
Tornado sirens mistakenly activated Wednesday afternoon in Polk County
Shortly after the tornado watch was issued Wednesday afternoon, a tornado siren was inadvertently activated in parts of Polk County.
According to a news release, the Sheriff’s Office Communications Center received notice of a tornado “watch” at 2:44 p.m., and a communications specialist inadvertently activated the warning system, which set off the sirens signaling a tornado “warning.”
The tornado watch this evening is in effect until 9 p.m.