The Storm Prediction Center in Norman, OK has upgraded western Iowa to a moderate risk for severe weather today. All modes of severe weather are possible as storms develop this afternoon and remain strong through the evening hours as they push into eastern Iowa.
I’ll keep this brief as we are preparing to hit the road. The greatest threat of tornadoes exists in the Omaha area this afternoon. That’s where storm chaser Ben McMillan will head today. I’ll take another unit to western Iowa a little further north, along or just above Highway 30.
As storms make their way across Iowa, the threat for strong winds, large hail and tornadoes will not subside much after sunset. The state could be in store for an all night event.
After sunset the primary threat will be strong damaging winds. Heavy rain is also of concern but most areas of Iowa can handle a few inches of rain if it falls.
We’ll update when we can from the road, and bring you more later tonight.