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Eastern Iowa bracing for two more rounds of severe weather Tuesday night
The NWS Quad Cities bureau doubled down on projection of a moderate risk of severe weather — the second-highest warning level
Eastern Iowans are keeping their eyes peeled to the skies — and their weather alerts — in anticipation of more severe weather plaguing the area from Tuesday afternoon into Wednesday morning.
The National Weather Service’s Quad Cities bureau has doubled down on its recent projections of a moderate risk of severe weather — the second-highest warning level from the Storm Prediction Center — from Marshalltown into Illinois.
After some scattered storms dropped hail Tuesday morning — reaching up to the size of a baseball — two more rounds are expected to pass over the region:
- Round 2: Scattered supercells will increase in coverage between 4 and 11 p.m. Tuesday. They will bring chances for strong tornadoes as they move through the area at around 50 to 60 miles per hour.
- Round 3: A line of storms will pass through between midnight and 6 a.m. Wednesday, potentially bringing tornadoes, hail and damaging winds. A strong cold front is expected to follow.
The NWS Quad Cities bureau issued a tornado watch for parts of Iowa, Illinois and Missouri until 10 p.m. Tuesday. After that watch expired, the bureau issued a severe thunderstorm watch for the region until 4 a.m. Wednesday, warning of continued threats for large hail, wind damage and a potential tornado or two.
Brittney J. Miller is the Energy & Environment Reporter for The Gazette and a corps member with Report for America, a national service program that places journalists in local newsrooms to report on under-covered issues.
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