The National Weather Service has issued a Tornado Watch for Cerro Gordo, Franklin, Wright, Worth, Winnebago, Hancock, Palo Alto, Emmit, and Pocahontas Counties until midnight.
Several storms with damaging winds, hail, heavy rains, are within these storms. Some winds could exceed 70 mph. Hail could be as much as 2.5 inches in diameter.
Persons in these areas should be on the lookout for these impactful storms and seek shelter in a basement under a heavy object if a warning should be issued. Stay with KIOW or kiow.com for the latest updates.
There were power lines knocked out due to the earlier storms and there are confirmed reports of tornadoes touching down in Kanawha and Gilmore City. Tornado warnings were issued in Hancock and Wright Counties earlier in the evening. Cerro Gordo County was also issued a Tornado Warning due to trained spotter and radar indicated event.
Winds have been clocked as high as 70 mph in some locations with hail and heavy rains. Because of the nature of incoming storms, the National Weather Service decided to extend the Tornado Watch from when it was originally scheduled to expire at 10pm to now at midnight.