6 tornados spotted in Iowa Sunday

Heavy rain, strong winds and hail hit Iowa Sunday, bringing more precipitation into the state's already saturated ground and swollen rivers and prompting more flooding and flash flooding concerns, officials said.

The potential for severe weather hasn't left the state yet with strong thunderstorms bringing more heavy rain, strong winds and large hail as a possibility today, meteorologists said.

Further heavy rainfall is likely today with new rainfall amounts between 2-3 inches possible in Des Moines.

The National Weather Service issued a severe thunderstorm watch for 48 counties, including Polk County.

Flooding has also closed several highways across the state, including Iowa Highway 1, in both directions, between US Highway 30 and County Road E45, near Mount Vernon, and Iowa Highway 64, between Iowa Highway 136 at Wyoming and County Road Y46 by Baldwin.

Tornadoes were reported Sunday evening in Webster, Hamilton, Grundy and Jones counties, while wind gusts of 60 miles per hour or more may have occurred in Truro, Pella, Millersburg and Wyoming. Property damage was reported across the state but there have been no known injuries from the storm.

Hail with a diameter of 2.75 inches was reported near Magnolia, in Harrison County, while Butler County saw 2-inch diameter hail. Areas that got hail larger than one inch included Kamrar, Bristow, Greene and Clarksville.

Localized heavy rainfall was also a concern for officials. Areas around Cedar Rapids got 4-6 inches of rain, Olin saw 4.7 inches and Princeton got 4.15 inches.

The National Weather Service issued flood warnings beginning tomorrow for the South Skunk and Des Moines rivers in Polk, Davis, Jasper, Marion, Story and Wapello counties. A large portion of eastern Iowa is also under a flood warning and other areas, including Des Moines, have been issued a flash flood watch.

The Des Moines and Raccoon rivers in Des Moines have not reached flood stage.


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