Severe Thunderstorm Watch issued, widespread damaging wind likely
CEDAR RAPIDS, Iowa (KCRG) - A good portion of eastern Iowa is under threat for severe weather on Monday with a fast-moving line of storms expected to move across the state.
The Storm Prediction Center has issued two Severe Thunderstorm Watches for most of the KCRG-TV9 viewing area. Widespread very strong wind gusts with thunderstorms that can cause significant damage are likely this afternoon. Take all warnings today very seriously and seek shelter when warnings are issued.
A line of thunderstorms has evolved from activity in the early morning hours in southern South Dakota, with atmospheric conditions taking it from west to east across Iowa. Damaging winds are the main threat with this activity. An isolated tornado cannot be completely ruled out in portions of eastern Iowa, according to forecasters.
“With the warm temperatures and moisture we’ve had in place, it was going to be difficult to get a cold front through the area without storms today,” TV9 meteorologist Corey Thompson said. “Ample sunshine in eastern Iowa this morning will only serve to enhance the threat for some very strong storms today.”
Locally heavy rainfall is possible with some of the storms.
Dry weather is expected on Tuesday with lower humidity.
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