Updates: Tornado, storm damage still being felt in Iowa as clean up begins (2024)

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8 p.m.: Greenfield injury count released 1 p.m.: Greenfield, Iowa tornado rated EF3 11:50a.m.: Neighbors say four killed in Greenfield, Iowa tornado 11:43 a.m.: Drone video shows wind turbines destroyed by tornado near Greenfield, Iowa 11:10 a.m.: Officials confirm one woman killed after storm blew her car off the road Tuesday near Corning 10:55 a.m.: Gov. Kim Reynolds praises pace of cleanup after Greenfield, Iowa tornado 10:45 a.m.: Damage reported south of Nevada and near Cambridge 10:40 a.m.: Volunteers asked to stay away from Greenfield, Iowa 9:15 a.m.: Power restored for many, but 9,000 power outages remain 8:36 a.m.: Two Des Moines schools cancel classes due to power outages 8:34 a.m.: Greenfield, Iowa tornado spares Warren Opera House 8:25 a.m.: Gov. Kim Reynolds begins tour of Greenfield, Iowa tornado damage 8:20 a.m.: How much rain fell during severe storms in Iowa? 7:15 a.m.: Iowa tornado map: where NWS survey teams are headed Wednesday 7:05 a.m.: Flood warnings in effect for multiple Iowa rivers following storms, heavy rain 6:45 a.m.: Traffic light damaged at major Grimes intersection on Iowa Highway 141 Gov. Kim Reynolds to visit hard-hit Greenfield Wednesday MidAmerican confirms wind turbines knocked over by Iowa tornadoes Nevada woman searches for doll collection ripped from home Reynolds issues emergency declaration for 15 counties after Iowa tornadoes 6:45 p.m.: Johnston High School cancels classes Wednesday after storm causes 'extensive' damage 6:40 p.m.: No injuries reported after possible tornado in Red Oak, Iowa, but street department building destroyed 6:35 p.m.: Tornado warning issued for Vinton area in northeast area 6:30 p.m.: Where did tornadoes touchdowns reported in Iowa? 6:10 p.m.: Storm, tornado damage reports coming in to National Weather Service 6:05 p.m.: Story County asks people to stay away from tornado damage 6 p.m.: Traffic limited in Greenfield after tornado hits, damages hospital 6:00 p.m.: Delays reported at Des Moines airport passengers had to shelter 5:55 p.m.: Overturned semis cause backup on Interstate 35 near Elkhart 5:06 p.m.: Tornado warning issued near I-80 for Newton 4:57 pm.: 'Damaging tornado' reported near Nevada 4:50 p.m.: Tornado warning issued for Iowa Falls area 4:45 p.m.: Des Moines tornado warnings include 'observed tornadoes' 4:20 p.m. Tornado warning includes Ankeny, Johnston and Waukee Video shows heavy damage after tornado in Greenfield, Iowa Severe thunderstorm warning issued for Des Moines metro as strong storms arrive Tornado warning issued around Webster City What is a stovepipe tornado? 3:55 p.m.: Flood warning issued for Fourmile Creek in Des Moines 3:40 p.m. Tornado warning issued for Greenfield, Winterset, Earlham as storms move closer to Des Moines 3:14 p.m.: Tornado reported near Corning, Prescott 3:05 p.m.: Damaging tornado reported in southwest Iowa: 3 p.m.: Tornado reported in Red Oak, Iowa; warnings in southwest Iowa Tornado watches issued for all of Iowa ahead of next round of severe weather When will more severe storms hit Iowa? NWS says this afternoon could be 'very dangerous' What's the difference between a severe weather watch and a severe weather warning? 12:10 p.m.: Thousands without power after storms hit central Iowa 11:48 a.m.: Large hail reported in Waukee, Pella 11:28 a.m.: Metro schools dismissing early due to severe weather threat 11:18 a.m.: Storms dump nearly 3 inches of rain in central Iowa 9:55 a.m.: Des Moines roads blocked by storm debris 9:28 a.m.: Severe thunderstorm warning extended in Polk County, to the east 8:42 a.m.: Sirens sound in Des Moines as severe thunderstorm warning issued What does the Des Moines, Iowa doppler radar show? 8:10 a.m.: Severe thunderstorm warning issued on edge of Des Moines' western suburbs What is Tuesday's severe weather outlook in Des Moines? Severe thunderstorm watch in effect for Iowa until 1 p.m. What should you do during a severe thunderstorm warning or tornado warning?

Multiple rounds of storms spread across Iowa on Tuesday, bringing repeated severe weather warnings to the Hawkeye State.

A round of rain passed through central Iowa early on Tuesday morning and by mid-morning one round of severe thunderstorms passed through. Another round of storms, with multiple tornado warnings across the state appeared in the afternoon. By early evening, Iowans in western and central Iowa communities were trying to clean up and assess the damage.

Here are the latest updates:

8 p.m.: Greenfield injury count released

The tornado thathit Greenfield on Tuesdaykilled four people and injured at least 35 others, according to the Iowa Department of Public Safety.

Officials believe the injury count actually is higher "but these numbers reflect only those patients treated for their injuries at designated alternate care sites," a news release late Wednesday said.

1 p.m.: Greenfield, Iowa tornado rated EF3

An initial survey showed at least EF3 damage in Greenfield, the National Weather Service said on Wednesday.

Additional assessments are ongoing and the preliminary rating may change, a social media post said.

More:Greenfield tornado given EF3 rating in preliminary report from National Weather Service

11:50a.m.: Neighbors say four killed in Greenfield, Iowa tornado

Gov. Kim Reynolds told reporters in a morning news conference that she couldn't say how many people were killed in the Greenfield, Iowa tornado on Tuesday. But, neighbors who told the Register they were "just thankful to be alive" said four of their neighbors did not survive the storms.

More:'Somehow I'm here': Neighbors say four people died in powerful Greenfield tornado

11:43 a.m.: Drone video shows wind turbines destroyed by tornado near Greenfield, Iowa

Drone footage captured by meteorologist and storm chaster Reed Timmer showed wind turbines near Greenfield being bent in half and destroyed near Greenfield on Tuesday.

Watch now:Drone video shows destructive tornado topple wind turbines near Greenfield, Iowa

11:10 a.m.: Officials confirm one woman killed after storm blew her car off the road Tuesday near Corning

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A woman was pronounced dead after her car was blown off the road north of Corning during Tuesday’s storms.

Adams County emergency responders were dispatched near Highway 148 and Joshua Tree Avenue at 3:30 p.m., Chief Deputy Richard Miller said in a news release. Deputies located the body of a woman, whose name has not been released.

Neighbors told the Register the woman was a storm chaser. Her body was found in their field.

10:55 a.m.: Gov. Kim Reynolds praises pace of cleanup after Greenfield, Iowa tornado

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Iowa Gov. Kim Reynolds toured the devastated southwest Iowa town of Greenfield Wednesday morning, which was cordoned off to all but local residents after it was struck by a huge, multi-vortex tornado the day before.

In a morning news conference, the governor said she could not report how many people had been killed or injured because search-and-rescue efforts were still underway.

She said hundreds of law enforcement, fire and emergency personnel showed up almost immediately after the storm, which struck the town at 3:39 p.m.

Reynolds praised the town for coming together despite the tragedy to launch recovery efforts.

“They are moving forward,” she said. “The cleanup that has already taken place is incredible.”

The good news was that that the historic town square, Adair County courthouse and Warren Cultural Center in the city of 2,000 had been spared. But the tornado and severe storm that accompanied it damaged dozens of homes and businesses and caused millions of dollars in damages.

The National Weather Service said it had not yet rated the storm’s strength on the Enhanced Fujita Scale and had personnel on the ground assessing the damage.

Reynolds said the Iowa Department of Education has waived the last four days of school, so school is officially over for the year as the high school serves as the shelter and the makeshift hospital for anyone who may get hurt during search and rescue or need medical care.

10:45 a.m.: Damage reported south of Nevada and near Cambridge

While Tuesday’s tornado didn't travel through Nevada's city limits, City Administrator Jordan Cook said damage was reported south of town.

"A lot of the damage occurred along 270th Street and further south," Cook said.

Cook said the city is setting up a site off 270th Street for residents to dispose of tree debris.

Tuesday's tornado reportedly crossed Highway 210 and through the eastern edge of Cambridge.

Dee Gibbs, whose parents live just a mile from the damaged areas, was coming through the leftover debris Wednesday morning.

"It knocked down a lot of electrical poles," Gibbs said. "Big trees are down, power lines are down; it totally tore all the buildings down. Grain bins were picked up and thrown into the field, and there was a car in the field."

Gibbs is a utility billing clerk for Cambridge. She said the northeast portion of town and the south side of Nevada were still without electricity Wednesday morning.

10:40 a.m.: Volunteers asked to stay away from Greenfield, Iowa

Gov. Kim Reynolds said volunteers flocked to Greenfield after the tornado on Tuesday. But, on Wednesday, volunteers are being turned away to allow emergency responders to complete searches.

Monetary donations can be made to the recovery through the Greater Greenfield Community Foundation, American Red Cross or two local banks: Union State Bank and FNB Bank.

More:Here's how you can help Greenfield Iowa recover from Tuesday's tornado

9:15 a.m.: Power restored for many, but 9,000 power outages remain

At one point Tuesday night, more than 50,000 customers were without power in Iowa following rounds of severe thunderstorms and tornadoes.

As of Wednesday morning, MidAmerican Energy is reporting about 3,300 power outages remaining, including 1,800 in the Des Moines and about 1,300 in Waterloo. At one time, more than 34,000 customers were without power.

MidAmerican said late Tuesday that it had nearly 70 crews working in the Des Moines area. Most remaining outages are expected to be restored on Wednesday, but isolated areas could take until Thursday.

Alliant Energy reports about 2,200 power outages, down from nearly 17,000 on Tuesday night. The Iowa Association of Electric Cooperatives reported over 3,900 customers were without power, down from more than 7,000.

8:36 a.m.: Two Des Moines schools cancel classes due to power outages

Students at Samuelson Elementary School in Des Moines won't have classes on Wednesday due to a power outage at the school, said district spokesperson Phil Roeder.

Woodlawn Education Center also canceled its morning preschool session due to a power outage. The district has not made a decision about afternoon preschool yet.

8:34 a.m.: Greenfield, Iowa tornado spares Warren Opera House

Sgt. Alex Dinkla, spokesperson with the Iowa State Patrol, said the tornado appeared to move through the southeast side of Greenfield. The historic town square, with the Warren Opera House and courthouse, appears to have been spared, he said.

More:Where is Greenfield, Iowa? Here's what we know about the deadly tornado

8:25 a.m.: Gov. Kim Reynolds begins tour of Greenfield, Iowa tornado damage

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Gov. Kim Reynolds is in southwest Iowa touring damage from a tornado in Greenfield.

She said in a release Tuesday night, that she is "committed to providing the full resources of the state to support the response and recovery effort."

A media briefing is expected later Wednesday morning.

8:20 a.m.: How much rain fell during severe storms in Iowa?

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Many Iowa communities experienced heavy rainfall on Tuesday, soaking already wet ground.

Decorah, in northeast Iowa, recorded the most rain with 3.72 inches.

In central Iowa, Des Moines reported 1.52 inches and Ames reported 2.65 inches.

See more:How much rain did Iowa get during storms that brought severe weather and tornadoes?

7:15 a.m.: Iowa tornado map: where NWS survey teams are headed Wednesday

The National Weather Service in Des Moines said it would be sending three survey crews out into Iowa on Wednesday to search for tornado damage.

The first team will be searching in central Iowa, including in areas around Ankeny, Huxley and Nevada. One team will be focused just on the Greenfield area, where fatalities and large destruction have been confirmed, and a third team will head toward southwest Iowa around Clarinda, Creston and Corning.

Omaha's NWS office, which covers western Iowa, will also have teams in the state. They'll be searching in far southwest Iowa in areas like Red Oak.

Official confirmation of tornadoes and ratings for them may take several days.

7:05 a.m.: Flood warnings in effect for multiple Iowa rivers following storms, heavy rain

The National Weather Service has issued multiple flood warnings across Iowa as rivers and creeks swell from recent rainfall.

In the Des Moines area, the Raccoon and Des Moines rivers are expected to flood.

As of 7 a.m., the Raccon River at Fleur Drive was at 13.1 feet, or 1.1 feet above its banks. It's expected to crest early Thursday morning at 14.7 feet and fall back below its banks by Saturday. Water could reach low areas of Water Works Park and George Flagg Parkway.

The Des Moines River at SE Sixth Street was at 24.05 feet as of 7 a.m. Monday, that's just barely over flood stage. It's expected to reach 25.8 feet early Thursday morning and remain out of its banks until Saturday. At 25.7 feet, water will reach the base of the Simon Estes Amphitheater.

The Iowa River at Marengo and the North Skunk River at Sigourney could reach moderate flood stages.

6:45 a.m.: Traffic light damaged at major Grimes intersection on Iowa Highway 141

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Travelers should consider avoiding traveling on Iowa Highway 141 through Grimes on Wednesday, the Polk County Sheriff's Office said.

The traffic signals at SE Grimes Boulevard (Highway 141) and SE 37th Street sustained damaged during Tuesday's storms and are not working. Repairs are expected to be completed sometime on Wednesday.

The sheriff's office will have deputies at the intersection to help manage the flow of traffic during the morning commute, but delays are expected.

Gov. Kim Reynolds to visit hard-hit Greenfield Wednesday

Iowa Gov. Kim Reynolds plans to visit Greenfield Wednesday morning, where multiple deaths and injuries were reported after a tornado ripped through the small city.

In a statement issued about 9 p.m. Tuesday, she said she and her husband, Kevin, were praying for "all the communities and families impacted by today’s severe weather, and especially those who tragically lost their lives in the Greenfield area. Iam committed to providing the full resources of the state to support theresponse and recovery effort."

The statement went on to say: “State and local officials are on the ground, assessing the situation and setting up temporary shelters for those whose homes were damaged or destroyed. First responders and health care providers are onsite caring for the injured. Utility crews are working to restore service to thousands without power, and the State Emergency Operations Center continues to coordinate missions to support local responders.While it’s too soon to know the storm’s full impact, answers will come in the hours and days ahead.

“It was just a few weeks ago that tornadoes hit several other Iowa communities, and it’s hard to believe that it’s happened again. Iowans are strong and resilient, and we will get through this together.

“I plan to visit Greenfield in the morning to assess the damage with local officials and start the recovery process.”

MidAmerican confirms wind turbines knocked over by Iowa tornadoes

MidAmerican Energy’s Geoff Greenwood said Tuesday the Des Moines utility was aware of several wind turbines in Adair County “which took a direct hit by a large tornado” and were damaged or destroyed. He said the company was continuing to assess losses in storm-damaged areas.

A social media video, described as being taken near Greenfield, shows a tornado shredding one turbine after another. Another video shows crumpled turbines on fire near Prescott in Adams County, southwest of Adair County.

Greenwood says it’s hard to know exactly where the Adair County video was taken to determine if the turbines are MidAmerican. And it's not aware of significant damage to its wind turbines in Adams County.

Nevada woman searches for doll collection ripped from home

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A little over an hour had passed since a tornado hit June and Larry Handsacker’s house off of 650th Avenue near Nevada, and their family was already on the scene, pulling valued possessions from the wreckage.

Which, in June Handsacker’s case, are her dolls.

“All my dolls!” she said, pointing to a nearly intact china cabinet just inches from where the tornado cleaved her home in half. ”And those were just the dolls I bought, not the ones I made.”

She was in the dining room when the tornado passed through her home. She had left her husband in the basem*nt for a moment to grab her phone when insulation came crashing down around her. They had to crawl over the debris to get out.

“I have over 100 porcelain dolls — ceramic pieces I made,” Handsacker said. “We don’t know where they are yet. It’ll be a matter of getting in there.”

Her own grandparents lost their home in the five-tornado spree that touched down in Charles City in 1968, and her grandfather was trapped for three days in his car.

She said she and her husband know they’re lucky they came away unscathed; they believe that God was looking out for them.

“It pays to teach Sunday school!," she said. "Do you know how horrible those kids behave?”

Reynolds issues emergency declaration for 15 counties after Iowa tornadoes

Gov. Kim Reynolds authorized a disaster emergency proclamation for 15 counties:Adair, Adams, Cass, Clay, Hardin, Harrison, Jasper, Kossuth, Marshall, Montgomery, Page, Palo Alto, Pottawattamie, Tama and Warren.

With the proclamation, the Iowa Individual Assistance Grant Program provides grants of up to $5,000 for households with incomes up to 200 percent of the federal poverty level. Grants are available for home or car repairs, replacement of clothing or food, and temporary housing expenses.

The Disaster Case Advocacy Program addresses serious needs related to disaster-related hardship, injury, or adverse conditions. There are no income eligibility requirements for this program; it closes 180 days from the date of the governor's proclamation.

6:45 p.m.: Johnston High School cancels classes Wednesday after storm causes 'extensive' damage

There’s no school at Johnston High School on Wednesday after Tuesday afternoon’s storms caused “extensive” damage to the building, the Johnston Community School District announced on social media.

The senior awards ceremony that had been scheduled for Tuesday night was postponed due to the damage and staff were told not to come to the building on Wednesday for their safety.

District spokesperson Lynn Meadows told the Des Moines Register that the whole of the building has been affected, with glass shattered throughout the high school, damage to the roof, a shed that’s been ripped apart and an overhead door that’s been torn off.

Meadows said Tuesday evening there’s not yet been a decision made about classes at the high school for the rest of the week after Wednesday. Thursday was to be the last day of school for seniors.

She said the graduation ceremony scheduled for next week at the Knapp Center would not be affected.

6:40 p.m.: No injuries reported after possible tornado in Red Oak, Iowa, but street department building destroyed

Red Oak Mayor Shawnna Silvius, in a Facebook posting, said there were no reported injuries in an apparent tornado touchdown there, after a search and rescue operation.

The city street department's building "is likely a loss" and there were multiple downed powerlines. She said city street and wastewater employees who were present when the tornado touched down "are shook up but all are safe."

6:35 p.m.: Tornado warning issued for Vinton area in northeast area

A tornado warning was issued for Independence, Vinton and Winthrop in northeast Iowa. The warning says it was issued for a radar-indicated tornado and the threat of quarter-sized hail. The warning expires at 7 p.m.

6:30 p.m.: Where did tornadoes touchdowns reported in Iowa?

No tornadoes will officially be confirmed until the National Weather Service is able to send survey crews out into Iowa.

Unofficial reports from trained weather spotters throughout Tuesday included: A cluster of sightings in southwest Iowa in Cromwell, Prescott, Corning, Carbon, Red Oak and Villisca. Greenfield in southwest Iowa also appeared to be particularly hard hit. In central Iowa there were unconfirmed reports in Nevada, rural Story County and southeast of Polk City.

6:10 p.m.: Storm, tornado damage reports coming in to National Weather Service

Reports were pouring in from National Weather Service volunteer weather spotters around Iowa. Among the reports:

  • A 71 mph wind gust southeast of Newton.
  • A roof blown off and trees down just east of Johnston.
  • Snapped utility poles in Windsor Heights.
  • Trees down on homes and power lines in Mason City.
  • A tree on a house in Carlisle.
  • Damaged grain bins and trees in Hanlontown in Worth County.
  • 1.5-inch hail in east of Melrose In Monroe County.
  • Cropland and basem*nt flooding in Altoona.

6:05 p.m.: Story County asks people to stay away from tornado damage

Tornado damage was reported in rural parts of Story County, Melissa Spencer, the county's emergency management coordinator told the Ames Tribune.

Damage was reported near Cambridge and on the south side of Nevada, Spencer said."We need people to stay away from the damaged areas," she said. "We’re getting a lot of people that are coming to look and see what happened."

6 p.m.: Traffic limited in Greenfield after tornado hits, damages hospital

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Former state Rep. Clel Baudler said the fast-moving tornado hit shortly after he arrived back home late Tuesday afternoon from a trip to Texas, caused extensive damage and injuries in Greenfield, and caused authorities to limit traffic in and out of the Adair County town of more than 2,000.

“Ambulances are running north and south like crazy,” said Baudler, who left the Legislature in 2018. “It’s all rescue and recovery right now.”

More details:Extensive damage in Greenfield, hit by tornado during string of dangerous storms in Iowa

Baudler, a retired state trooper who lives on Highway 25 about a half mile north of Greenfield, said his mile-long farm wasn’t damaged but there was debris from the tornado in a neighbor’s yard. He was still without power at about 5:20 p.m.

He said the tornado ran “cattywampus” through town, exiting on the northeast side. He said he’d heard it damaged the Adair County Hospital at 609 SE Kent St. and the Greenfield Rehabilitation and Health Care Center at 615 SE Kent.

A woman who answered the phone at the health care center confirmed it was hit, but said officials couldn’t talk as it was an emergency.

A MercyOne spokesperson previously confirmed to the Register that the hospital was damaged. The spokesperson told the Register shortly before 6 p.m. that the hospital had been evacuated. Further details were not immediately available.

The Adair County Sheriff also did not immediately return a phone call seeking comment.

6:00 p.m.: Delays reported at Des Moines airport passengers had to shelter

Des Moines International Airport spokesperson Kayla Kovarna said the airport halted flights as soon as a severe thunderstorm warning was issued for the area, and passengers and staff were escorted to storm-safe parts of the terminal.

She said Transportation Security Administration screening stations were in the process of reopening around 5:45 p.m. and that flights would resume shortly. She said some incoming flights were rerouted to other airports during the closure, but she didn't know how many had been affected.

5:55 p.m.: Overturned semis cause backup on Interstate 35 near Elkhart

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Traffic is backed up for at least a mile on southbound Interstate 35 near Elkhart, Iowa.

A Register reporter observed at least four overturned semitrailers on the side of the interstate. Emergency crews were on scene.

5:06 p.m.: Tornado warning issued near I-80 for Newton

A tornado warning has been issued in Newton, Colfax and Baxter until 5:30 p.m. Threats include a radar indicated tornado and possible pea sized hail.

4:57 pm.: 'Damaging tornado' reported near Nevada

A tornado warning has been issued for Nevada, Huxley and State Center until 5:30 p.m. Threats include a damaging tornado and possible quarter-sized hail.

4:50 p.m.: Tornado warning issued for Iowa Falls area

A tornado warning was issued for Iowa Falls, Alden and Radcliffe until 5:30 p.m. Threats include a radar indicated tornado and possible quarter sized hail.

4:45 p.m.: Des Moines tornado warnings include 'observed tornadoes'

A tornado warning has been issued to include Des Moines, Altoona and Norwalk until 5:15 p.m. Threats include a radar-indicated tornado and half dollar sized hail.

In an update at 4:45 p.m., the NWS said bot warnings in the Des Moines metro included observed tornadoes.

4:20 p.m. Tornado warning includes Ankeny, Johnston and Waukee

A radar-indicated tornado prompted a tornado warning for parts of the Des Moines metro area until 5 p.m. Quarter-sized hail is also possible.

Video shows heavy damage after tornado in Greenfield, Iowa

Journalists with Des Moines TV station WHO are in Greenfield, Iowa, which appears to have been hit by a tornado earlier on Tuesday. Video posted to social media shows several damaged buildings in the town located at the intersection of Iowa Highways 25 and 92.

The Adair County Health System hospital in Greenfield was damaged, a MercyOne spokesperson told the Register.

Severe thunderstorm warning issued for Des Moines metro as strong storms arrive

A severe thunderstorm warning has been issued as a line of storms approaches the Des Moines metro area.

The entire metro area is included in the warning that stretches south of the metro and up north to Ames, Gilbert and Nevada. It includes Winterset on the western edge and through to MItchelville on the east side. It is in effect until 5:15 p.m.

Threats include wind up to 60 mph as well as possible quarter-sized hail and tornadoes.

Tornado warning issued around Webster City

A tornado warning has been issued to include Webster City, Jewell Junction and Stratford until 4:45 p.m.

The NWS warning is for a radar-indicated tornado and the risk of quarter-sized hail.

What is a stovepipe tornado?

A stovepipe tornado is one where the width of the tornado is about the same from when it meets the ground all the way up to where it connects to the base of the above thunderstorm, according to AccuWeather. Stormchasers have described some storms in western Iowa Tuesday as stovepipe tornadoes.

It is considered the cousin of a cone tornado, which is similar in size but tapers as it extends downward to the ground.

3:55 p.m.: Flood warning issued for Fourmile Creek in Des Moines

A flood warning has been issued for Fourmile Creek on the east side of Des Moines, according to the NWS.

The crest forecast is 13.9 feet, assuming Des Moines gets 0.75 inches of additional rain. At 13 feet the water threatens the dog park on Hubbell Avenue At 14 feet, widespread flooding occurs, NWS said, affecting lowland areas like the community center on Easton Boulevard.

3:40 p.m. Tornado warning issued for Greenfield, Winterset, Earlham as storms move closer to Des Moines

As storms head east, they have begun to enter the Des Moines metro area.

A tornado warning centered around Greenfield is in effect until 4:15 p.m.

The warning includes Stuart and stretches to Redfield in southwest Dallas County until 4:15 p.m.

Another warning includes Creston and stretches up toward Earlham and Winterset on the edges of the Des Moines metro. That warning goes until 4:30 p.m.

3:14 p.m.: Tornado reported near Corning, Prescott

Additional tornado warnings continue to be issued in southwest Iowa.

A warning for Corning, Orient and Prescott is in effect until 4 p.m. KCCI meteorologist Zane Satre was near Prescott with a live feed of a tornado on the ground.

Video captured by a storm chaser showed a tornado around 3 p.m. near Carbon, Iowa.

A warning is also in effect for Guthrie Center, Panora and Exire until 4 p.m.

3:05 p.m.: Damaging tornado reported in southwest Iowa:

The National Weather Service is continuing a warning for Fontanelle, Orient and Bridgewater until 3:45 p.m. The alert described it as a "life-threatening situation" with a damaging tornado reported.

3 p.m.: Tornado reported in Red Oak, Iowa; warnings in southwest Iowa

Meteorologists and storm chasers in western Iowa have reported a tornado on the ground in Red Oak. An emergency manager in the area said it was located near the Red Oak airport around 2:27 p.m.

The area is under a tornado warning until 3 p.m.

A tornado warning is also in effect for areas around Essex, Hepburn, Stanton and Villisca until 3:30 p.m.

The NWS issued a new tornado warning at 2:57 p.m. for Fontanele, Orient and Bridgewater for a radar-indicated tornado and quarter-size hail possible. It expires at 3:45 p.m.

Tornado watches issued for all of Iowa ahead of next round of severe weather

All of Iowa is under a tornado watch for Tuesday afternoon.

A tornado watch issued around 1:15 p.m. covers all of central and eastern Iowa and extends into portions of western Iowa. It will be in effect until 9 p.m. Tuesday.

The main threats are several strong tornadoes, scattered softball-size hail and wind gusts up to 90 mph, according to a post announcing the watch from the National Weather Service.

The National Weather Service in Omaha has issued several tornado warnings for eastern Nebraska and western Iowa for radar-indicated tornadoes as the storms develop in that area.

An earlier watch covers the remaining western Iowa counties until 5 p.m. Forecasters warned of winds up to 70 mph in those areas.

When will more severe storms hit Iowa? NWS says this afternoon could be 'very dangerous'

The National Weather Service shared a graphic on social media showing the approximate timing for storms later today. In a comment on a Facebook post , the NWS said this afternoon's storms are "expected to be very dangerous"

Thunderstorms will likely start in west Iowa around 2 p.m., making their way to Des Moines and central Iowa around 4 p.m. At 7 p.m., the severe weather will be entering eastern Iowa.

What's the difference between a severe weather watch and a severe weather warning?

A watch is issued when conditions are favorable for severe weather to develop. They often cover large areas.

Warnings are issued when severe weather is actually happening and Iowans need to take action.

Read more:What's the difference between a severe weather watch and a warning?

12:10 p.m.: Thousands without power after storms hit central Iowa

Crews are working quickly to restore power to Iowans across the state. At one point, MidAmerican showed more than 7,000 people without power in Iowa as a result of Tuesday’s storms.

As of 12:10 p.m., the number of customers without power in the Des Moines metro area was around 2,100. The Council Bluffs area was down to about 100 customers, after having more than 1,000 outages this morning.

Alliant Energy was down to about 60 customers in the state without power.

11:48 a.m.: Large hail reported in Waukee, Pella

A severe thunderstorm moving through central Iowa produced large hail.

Two reports submitted to the National Weather Service around 11:20 a.m. listed 2 inch diameter hail near Pella.

Waukee experienced hail ranging from the size of a nickel to as big as a quarter, at 9:07 a.m. according to a trained weather sportter. Wind gusts up to 55 mph were also reported.

A warning issued for Pottawattamie County, home to Council Bluffs, until 7:30 a.m. warned of baseball size hail.

Hail that large is sometimes called "gorilla" hail for its large size and destructive power.

11:28 a.m.: Metro schools dismissing early due to severe weather threat

Several Des Moines metro school districts plan to dismiss classes early on Tuesday due to the threat of more severe storms this afternoon.

  • Ankeny Schools: Two hour early out
  • Des Moines Public Schools: Two hour early dismissal. There will be no Metro Kids Care or evening activities. Elementary schools are out at 12:40 p.m. while middle and high schools are out at 1:25 p.m.
  • Southeast Polk Community School District: Two hour early dismissal resulting in no evening preschool or evening activities.
  • Urbandale Community School District: Early dismissal and no half-day preschool
  • Waukee Community School District: Two hour early dismissal and after school activities are canceled. The district is still waiting for state guidance regarding state playoff events.
  • West Des Moines Community Schools: Two out early dismissal

11:18 a.m.: Storms dump nearly 3 inches of rain in central Iowa

Des Moines has received just over an inch and a half of rain since severe weather entered Iowa early on Monday, with 1.07 inches since midnight.

Some locations in the state are nearing three inches of rain since last night. Here are the highest rainfall totals as of 11 a.m Tuesday:

  • Harlan: 2.99 inches
  • Audubon: 2.95 inches
  • Iowa Falls: 2.63 inches
  • Waterloo: 2.57 inches
  • Decorah: 2.15 inches
  • Ankeny: 2.02 inches

9:55 a.m.: Des Moines roads blocked by storm debris

At least two roads in Des Moines are closed after a round of severe storms moved through the metro area.

The Des Moines Police Department received a small number of reports of power lines down and tree damage.

There are temporary lane closures at the 3300 block of Grand Avenue and the 3900 block of Urbandale Avenue. No significant damage or injury have been reported as of now, according to DMPD.

9:28 a.m.: Severe thunderstorm warning extended in Polk County, to the east

The severe thunderstorm warning for parts of the Des Moines metro has been extended until 10:30 a.m. Tuesday.

Dallas County has been dropped from the warning, but it now extends into Jasper County and as far east as Grinnell and as far south as Pella.

Threats include 60 mph winds and quarter-sized hail. The extended warning covers over 349,600 people.

8:42 a.m.: Sirens sound in Des Moines as severe thunderstorm warning issued

Much of Dallas and Polk counties are under a severe thunderstorm warning until 9:45 a.m. Tuesday.

Storm sirens began sounding just after 8:40 a.m. in the metro. Cities around Des Moines are at risk of winds up to 70 mph and quarter-sized hail.

The warning covers just north of Ankeny and as far south as Truro. It stretches to Redfield and Winterset in the west and Milo in the east.

Dallas and Polk counties both activate sirens for tornadoes or severe thunderstorms with winds over 70 mph. The warning meets that criteria, unlike a storm on Sunday night that activated the sirens in error.

Sirens do not sound continuously during a warning. They will sound for 3-5 minutes and then pause for 10-15 before repeating. There is not an all-clear sound when a warning expires.

What does the Des Moines, Iowa doppler radar show?

Here's a look at the current National Weather Service radar loop for central Iowa:

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8:10 a.m.: Severe thunderstorm warning issued on edge of Des Moines' western suburbs

Areas around the Des Moines metro are under a severe thunderstorm warning until 9 a.m. Tuesday.

The warning extends from Dallas Center, down to Winterset and as far west as Adel. Possible threats include winds up to 70 mph and quarter-sized hail.

Just over 34,000 people live within the warning area.

What is Tuesday's severe weather outlook in Des Moines?

The National Weather Service upgraded the risk of severe weather for most of Iowa. A majority of the state it rated "moderate" risk, a level 4 on a scale of 1-5.

More:How much rain did Des Moines get so far? Here are the rainfall totals for Iowa through Monday morning

Multiple rounds of storms are expected to continue through the morning. But, the strongest storms are expected to arrive in central Iowa between 3 p.m. and 8 p.m. Tuesday.

Damaging winds, hail and flash flooding are the primary threats, according to the NWS. Tornadoes — some strong — are also possible.

More:How do tornadoes form? Explaining the severe weather after dozens of recent Iowa tornadoes

Severe thunderstorm watch in effect for Iowa until 1 p.m.

A large portion of central Iowa extending from the southern border to U.S. Highway 20 is under a severe thunderstorm watch until 1 p.m. Tuesday.

The main threats are ping-pong ball-sized hail and wind gusts that could reach 75 mph. Tornadoes are also possible.

What should you do during a severe thunderstorm warning or tornado warning?

During a severe weather warning, it's time to take action and follow your plan.

NWS has tips for what to do at different locations:

  • Stay Weather Ready:Continue to follow local news or listen to aNOAA Weather Radioto stay updated about watches and warnings.
  • At Your House:Go to your secure location, like the basem*nt or lowest floor level, if you hear a warning. Take your pets with you if time allows.
  • At Your Workplace or School:Stay away from windows. Do not go to large open rooms such as cafeterias, gymnasiums or auditoriums.
  • Outside:Go inside a sturdy building immediately. Sheds and storage facilities are not safe. Taking shelter under a tree can be deadly.
  • In a Vehicle:Being in a vehicle during severe weather is safer than being outside, but, drive to the closest secure shelter if there is sufficient time. Do not stop and park under a bridge or underpass.

Victoria Reyna-Rodriguez is a general assignment reporter for the Register. Reach her atvreynarodriguez@registermedia.comor follow her on Twitter@VictoriaReynaR.

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