The Des Moines office of the National Weather Service (NWS) at 8 p.m. Wednesday issued a tornado warning for northwest Greene County and central Carroll County. Severe thunderstorms were reported in the area, moving northeastward at 50 mph. Wind gusts in excess of 50 mph and quarter-sized hail are expected.
A severe thunderstorm watch is in effect for Dallas County until 4 a.m. Thursday, with similar wind gusts in excess of 50 mph and quarter-sized hail forecast.
A severe thunderstorm warning is also in effect until 9 p.m. in Guthrie, Audubon, southwest Greene and southeast carroll counties.
A tornado watch, issued about 3:30 p.m. Wednesday, also remains in effect until 10 p.m. Wednesday for Adair, Adams, Audubon, Cass, Crawford and Taylor.
Hazardous weather is also possible in Dallas County and the following counties, according to the NWS: Hancock, Cerro Gordo, Pocahontas, Humboldt, Wright, Franklin, Butler, Bremer, Sac, Calhoun, Webster, Hamilton, Hardin, Grundy, Black Hawk, Crawford, Carroll, Greene, Boone, Story, Marshall, Tama, Polk, Jasper, Poweshiek, Cass, Madison, Warren, Marion, Mahaska, Adams, Union, Clarke, Lucas, Monroe, Wapello, Taylor, Ringgold, Decatur, Wayne, Appanoose and Davis.
Scattered showers and thunderstorms are possible over northern Iowa, and numerous strong to severe thunderstorms are forecast over much of southern and central Iowa up to around Iowa Highway 18 later this afternoon and evening.
Large hail, damaging winds and a few tornadoes are all possible with these thunderstorms. Locally heavy rain is also possible.
ThePerryNews.com will update this story as weather information becomes available.