WXALERT: Severe Thunderstorm Hugging Iowa-Illinois Border

1210pm radarA Severe Thunderstorm Warning is now in effect for portions of Des Moines and Lee County until 12:30 Monday Afternoon.  The storm is capable of producing large hail, strong wind gusts in excess of 60mph and could produce a brief tornado.  This is a dangerous situation especially because this is not the time of year many would consider severe weather a threat.  The storm should not affect portions of Iowa for too long before moving further into Illinois.  Other storms in extreme eastern Iowa are strong, but not severe just yet.  A tornado watch remains in effect for this area until 6:00pm.  I expect the threat for Iowa to subside around 2pm.

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