Severe weather possible later tonight, damaging winds possible

Published: Jul. 5, 2022 at 2:06 PM CDT|Updated: Jul. 5, 2022 at 4:57 PM CDT
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CEDAR RAPIDS, Iowa (KCRG) - The First Alert Storm Team is monitoring the possibility for severe weather Tuesday evening into the overnight hours. Large hail, isolated tornadoes and damaging winds are all possible.

“A complex of storms has developed into a derecho in parts of the Dakotas this afternoon,” said First Alert Storm Team Meteorologist Hannah Messier. “The complex of storms continues to move into parts of western Iowa and Minnesota this evening. As it approaches our area, the heat and humidity are creating conditions favorable for severe weather.”

Messier cautions that while a derecho is possible, many Iowans’ memories go back to the historic August 2020 derecho.

“What we saw in 2020 was an outlier, so don’t panic and immediately think of the extreme, widespread destruction was saw on August 10th, 2020,” Messier added.

“Make sure you have several ways to receive warnings and have a plan to respond quickly in the event severe weather approaches your area,” Messier said.

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