There are no reports of injuries, but there’s a bit of damage across portions of southern Iowa following a round of severe weather Wednesday.
Kevin Skow is a meteorologist with the National Weather Service office in Johnston.
“At least three tornadoes we’re aware of, possibly more…generally all confined to southwest Iowa. There was also some small hail with that storm as it moved through southern Iowa,” Skow said.
The National Weather Service office in Omaha today is sending a storm survey team to an area east of Stanton in Montgomery County. That’s where a tornado damaged an outbuilding and vehicles.
Skow says, of the three or so tornadoes, the one near Stanton was probably the most damaging. “They were generally short-lived and generally weak, probably in the neighborhood of EF-0 or EF-1 type damage,” Skow said. Another tornado passed near Creston in Union County Wednesday afternoon and firefighters reported a brief tornado touchdown with no damage near Hepburn in Page County.
Cool and rainy conditions are expected across Iowa through the weekend. “We’re only in April, so these temperatures — highs in the 50s and 60s — are certainly not uncommon this late in the year,” Skow said.
Photo courtesy of the Stanton Fire Department.