Poll workers, and a few voters, in two Iowa counties had to take shelter a few hours ago as strong storms swept through southwest Iowa. Montgomery County Auditor Stephanie Burke of Stanton says voting was suspended for half an hour.
“We have seven precincts and from about 5:40 p.m. to about 6:10 p.m. we evacuated or took cover and after the threat was over they reopened and everyone was safe,” Burke says.
There was hail in the storm that struck the area.
“Wind, flooding — there was a tornado warning in some parts of the county, so pretty extreme weather,” Burke says.
Voting was also suspended in the Council Bluffs area as this storm system entered western Iowa. Ten of Pottawattamie County’s 40 precincts were temporarily shut down as poll workers took shelter.