Strong Winds and Hail Possible in Eastern Iowa Tonight
With much of central and western Iowa expecting severe weather tonight, it's increasingly possible these storms move towards eastern Iowa.
These storms are believed to begin in western Iowa, between 5 and 7 pm and quickly move eastward.
According to Weather.gov "due to the fast movement of the storms, weather conditions will rapidly change and you should have multiple ways to receive warnings today."
Tornadoes, large hail, and damaging winds are all possible in most of Iowa this evening. I'm starting to think 75 and sunny might be a little too much to ask for this spring.
As you can see here the vast majority of Iowa has been moved into the enhanced category for severe weather, while about one-third of Iowa is being upgraded into the Moderate possibilities.
These storms are expected to continue to move east throughout the evening and could potentially hit Decorah, all the way down to Ottumwa.
Hail is also a possibility along with 40-50 mph wind gusts.
Currently, a large majority of Iowa is only at a 30% possibility for hail, but precautions should be taken. The storms could also roll through when most Iowans are sleeping, adding to the concern.
What to do When Severe Weather Hits
If there is a Tornado Warning issued, you should first seek shelter. If you have a basement or a storm cellar, head toward those places.
If you don't have either of these locations, find an interior room in your house with the least amount of windows. This could include your shower or bathtub.
If you're outside, seek cover. Find a safe building nearby to reside in. If this isn't possible, lie flat in a low spot on the ground, and use your arms to protect your head and neck.
In case of a Thunderstorm Warning, you should create some type of emergency plan, for yourself, and your family. Know where to go and what to do to protect yourself.
You should avoid using telephones and other appliances during electrical storms which include your phone or household appliances. While lightning can't travel through plumbing it's best to not shower, wash dishes, or wash your hands during a thunderstorm according to CDC.gov