Severe Thunderstorms Move Across Iowa Saturday, Funnel Clouds Reported
By Max Walker and Brent Griffiths, Digital Editor & The Gazette
CEDAR RAPIDS, Iowa Two rounds of rain moved through parts of Eastern Iowa. Official totals from storms early in the morning showed up to two inches fell on parts of Linn and Johnson counties. Lightning struck Alliant Energy’s Sixth Street substation in Cedar Rapids, knocking out power to about 7,000 customers. Service was restored by Saturday afternoon.
The National Weather Service issued a severe thunderstorm warning for Cedar and Johnson counties for a second round of rain around 5:45 p.m. The Johnson County Sheriff’s Office reported two funnel clouds: one the west side of Tiffin and another that started near the National Guard Armory in Iowa City and roughly followed Highway 6 through West Liberty.
After a brief downpour in Cedar Rapids, Alliant Energy reported nearly 4,000 customers without power in Linn County, with a few hundred others in Muscatine and Wapello counties immediately after the storm passed. Service was restored in Linn County as of 9:30 p.m.
At 7:45, the National Weather Service issued a severe thunderstorm warning for southern Dubuque County and northern Jones County.
The NWS also issued flash flood warnings for parts of Mahaska, Iowa, Cedar and Johnson counties due to the recent rainfall. A tornado watch was also issued for much of the southern half of the TV9 viewing area, including Jackson, Linn, Jones and Benton counties. Check the KCRG-TV9 severe weather page for the latest watches and warnings.