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Several Tornadoes Reported Across Iowa

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CEDAR RAPIDS, Iowa - Spotters confirmed at least one tornado touched down Wednesday afternoon in Franklin County.

Pictures showed a tornado on the ground near the towns of Belmond and Latimer. The system is one of several cells that produced tornado warnings across the KCRG-TV9 viewing area.

In central Iowa, we've received reports from WHO-TV in Des Moines of damage in Belmond. Several businesses report damage caused by the storms moving through on Wednesday afternoon.

A tornado watch remains in effect for the afternoon and evening across northeast Iowa. The strongest storms will be capable of producing very strong winds. A tornado threat is also present, especially near the warm front where winds will be coming from the southeast.

Thunderstorms will continue to develop and move through this afternoon and evening. As time goes on, they will form into a line. At that time, the main threat will become strong winds and other types of severe weather will become somewhat less likely. Strong winds still pose a danger, as was experienced a few weekends ago when trees and large branches were felled by 70 to 80 mph winds. Power outages also occurred from those storms.

Stay with KCRG-TV9 and the First Alert Storm Team for updates throughout the day.