A powerful storm system that dropped temperatures across Iowa like a rock produced severe weather and at least one tornado in Illinois. The video to the left was captured in Loves Park, IL this afternoon. You can see it passing close to a residential area.
WREX-TV reports damage in the town of Caledonia but no major injuries were reported. The tornado struck the town’s downtown district, forcing emergency crews to seal off that area. The television station also reports the storm injured six students in Rockford when their school bus was overturned.
This storm is a reminder that severe weather can happen at any time of the year. Sure it is most common in April, May and June, but strong storm systems can produce strong winds, large hail and even tornadoes at any time of the year. Tornadoes have been reported in Iowa in January before. Many recall the Woodward tornado on November 12th, 2006 that killed one person in central Iowa.
Fortunately Iowa avoided most of today’s severe weather and our attention now turns to the prospects for winter weather in the coming weeks and months. More on that tomorrow.