Damage in Iowa has included flooded roads and downed power lines, as severe weather moved through the state on Monday. The culprits from this storm include golf ball size hail, torrential rains, and strong winds. The National Weather Service stated that it received many reports from the County Emergency Management Offices and many others about damage that was caused by these severe thunderstorms. There were a couple reports of storms that could have possibly spawned tornadoes, but they have not been yet confirmed by local officials.
During most of the day, large areas of the state were under watches or warnings for flash flooding and potential tornado activity. A local meteorologist said that people definitely needed to keep an eye on the sky, and always stay aware of the ever-changing weather conditions.
In Hamilton County, the damages included snapped trees, and downed power lines and flash flooding also occurred in Hardin and Black Hawk County; thankfully there were no reported injuries thus far.
In Traer, a severe thunderstorm that was capable of producing a tornado was located. Also, similar systems were reported earlier in the day in the communities of Earlham, Indianola, and Roland. In Cedar Rapids, residents were warned to stay away from power lines that had fallen as more severe weather was predicted for the eastern part of the state. Officials warned people to stay alert for the latest watches and warnings in their area, as the weather can change almost instantaneously.
This severe cell hit just one day after storm chasers noted several tornadoes along the U.S Highway 20 corridor which runs along the northern part of the state. There were also many reports of funnel clouds in the area.
On Sunday, the weather produced wind gusts of up to 70 mph, and caused damage all around Iowa. Also, a highway near Fairfax partially collapsed as well as a highway in Mount Vernon. Luckily there were no reports of injuries.
According to a spokeswoman for the State Department of Transportation, the road had completely washed away. The pavement had completely been washed out, and the road undermined. The weather on Sunday also brought reports of not only snapped trees, but damaged property across the whole state. In Cedar Rapids, many emergency personnel helped motorists that were trapped by the rapidly rising water. Many homes have received significant water and flood damage, which causes the need for many water damage restoration contractors.
Stay tuned to your local weather authority for weather updates, or you can always check the Weather Channel for any changes in the system.