National Weather Service Still Tracking Storms During Government Shutdown

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By Aaron Hepker

JOHNSTON, Iowa - The government shutdown has impacted some forecasting tools just as potential severe weather system moves into Iowa, but National Weather Service forecasters said despite the shutdown they are still hard at work.

"We have a fairly potent early season fall storm coming in," said NWS Meteorologist Jeff Johnson. "If it does occur, it could be fairly significant wherever it does fire off."

Johnson said the last time Iowa saw a tornado in October was 2007. In all of 2013 so far, Iowa has only experienced 15 tornadoes.

"The government shutdown continues and here at the National Weather Service, we're deemed essential, so we're here on the job 24/7 protecting life and property," said Johnson.

Friday morning, forecasters were preparing for the storm's arrival. Forecasts call for the potential for strong to severe storms Friday evening.

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