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Officials report severe weather in Iowa

June 30, 2014
Associated Press

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — Severe weather capable of producing tornadoes moved through Iowa on Monday as reports came in of golf ball-size hail, torrential rains and wind gusts of up to 70 mph.

Most of the state was under either a tornado watch or flash flood watch, according to the National Weather Service.

"We're looking at the potential for a widespread severe weather event across the state," said meteorologist Jeff Zogg. "People today definitely need to keep an eye on the sky and stay weather-aware."

On Monday, a severe thunderstorm capable of producing a tornado was located four miles southeast of Earlham and nine miles east of Roland. Additional information was not available, and there are no reports of injuries.

The severe weather hit just one day after spotters noted several tornadoes along the U.S. Highway 20 corridor, which runs across the northern part of the state. There were also reports of numerous funnel clouds.

Sunday's weather, which produced wind gusts of up to 70 mph, caused other damage around Iowa. A highway in Fairfax partially collapsed and the driver of a truck was injured, though additional information was not available. Part of a highway near Mount Vernon also partially collapsed. There were no reports of injuries.

The weather also brought reports of snapped trees and damaged property around the state. In Cedar Rapids, emergency personnel helped motorists trapped by rapidly rising water. Several homes received significant water damage, according to officials.

Wind ripped off the roof of one building and damaged trees and a home on a farmstead near Otho in Webster County. Baseball-size hail was reported near Magnolia in Harrison County.



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