Severe weather is moving rapidly from the southwest through Iowa this afternoon. The National Weather Service has issued tornado warnings, and severe weather has damaged buildings, trees, or knocked out power in several Iowa counties.
"The storms today are moving quite rapidly...so people will have very little time to seek shelter," says meteorologist Jeff Zogg at the National Weather Service’s Des Moines Office. "In addition to that, just be aware of the fact that after the storm moves through, we'll have some quite strong winds this evening and overnight continuing into Thursday morning...And those are not from storms, just a long-duration wind event."
Zogg says while the tornado watches will end sometime tonight, people should be aware of dangers associated with high winds until Thursday morning as gusts could reach up to 60 miles per hour.