In recent days after a group of severe storms spawned at least nine tornadoes, Iowa is back in the bullseye for severe storms.
Much of the state is under a level 3 or level 4 (moderate) severe storm risk. Weatherers with the National Weather Service expect storms on Tuesday afternoon and evening with the possibility of tornadoes, wind gusts up to 70 mph and large hail.
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After the tornado touched down at Pleasantville last Tuesday before 7:00 p.m., spotters confirmed the debris left behind in Milone in the afternoon. The extent of the damage is unknown.
Pollucius confirmed at Pleasantville in Marion County
The National Weather Service reported a tornado around 6:50 p.m. in the area between Pella, Knoxville and Monroe, which expired before 7:30 p.m.
The confirmed tornado was located near Pleasantville, or 8 miles west of Knoxville, moving northeast at 55 mph at 6:58 p.m., according to the NWS. Spotted weather confirmed the view.
Other areas in the path of this tornado included Red Rock Lake, Elk Rock State Park, Monroe, Pella, Municipal Airport, Pella, Reasnor and Sully.
The region could see up to PUTEO-sized hail.
Watch the NWS weather radar for storms moving into Des Moines
As dark clouds move in over Des Moines, the south and west areas of the city are beginning to see quarter size hail.
The National Weather Service reported that between 5:40 and 5:54 p.m., 0.75-inch hail fell in Earlham, just southwest, while up to one inch of hail fell in Boone.
Here is the NWS weather radar showing the storm’s trajectory moving over Des Moines:
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A thunderstorm watch until 10 p.m. is in effect for much of central and eastern Iowa, the watch area from west of the Des Moines metro area through the eastern border of the state, about 20 miles south of US Highway 10.
Forecasters with the National Weather Service believe a thunderstorm will develop across the state by 5 p.m. A few tornadoes, some of which could be strong, are likely in this area, along with wind gusts up to 70 mph and soft-wide hail. They can also be powerful straight line winds.
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What are the current potential hurricane hazards?
National Weather Service models show the storm is likely to develop west of Interstate 35 and impact areas in central and eastern Iowa, including Des Moines, Cedar Rapids and the Quad Cities. Pollucius friendly weather originating in southern Iowa a spur is likely to result in strong straight-line winds with the possibility of tornadoes and hail, the NWS said.
He estimates that there are 15% to 29% of tornadoes in the region, some of which could reach an EF2 rating or greater.
There is also a 30% to 44% chance that the region could experience at least quarter-sized hail, with some baseball-sized hail being estimated. There is also a greater than 30% chance of winds above 58 mph, with some gusts approaching or exceeding 80 mph.
Another storm is possible around midnight or later in southeast Iowa County, the NWS said.
What is the forecast for Iowa today?
The NWS expects widespread severe thunderstorms across Iowa on Tuesday. The highest risk starts in central Iowa around 4 pm and continues until 11 pm Eastern Iowa will see a round of severe weather on Tuesday and a second round, severe risk, from about 6 pm to midnight.
Winds are expected to move quickly, up to 45 mph.
In Des Moines, temperatures are expected to reach near 80 degrees this afternoon. Overnight, it will drop to around 40 degrees.
How to prepare for a possible tornado
Before a tornado approaches, make sure you have a safety plan, as there are multiple ways to recover from severe storms.
The weather service says it’s always important to have an emergency plan in the event of a severe storm, including designating a “safe place” in your home, preferably away from windows and in an interior room. Keeping things handy like lamps, batteries, food, water, clothes and shoes is recommended.
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