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Officials report hail, torrential rains 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."

A severe thunderstorm capable of producing a tornado was located near the community of Traer. Similar systems were reported earlier in Earlham, Indianola and Roland. The latest system moving near Traer was recorded traveling east at 25 mph. There were 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 near Fairfax partially collapsed and the driver of a semitrailer was injured. Additional information was not available.

Part of a highway near Mount Vernon also partially collapsed. There were no reports of injuries.

"The road has washed away," said Cathy Cutler, a spokeswoman for the state Department of Transportation. "There's a culvert just to the south of there, and we believe a large amount of rain we had caused the culvert to overflow and to undermine the road, causing a washout of the pavement."

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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