The National Weather Service office in Johnston has issued a severe thunderstorm watch for the Perry area until 10 a.m. Thursday, with 1.5-inch hail and 75 mph winds possible.
At 4:36 a.m. automated weather stations reported strong thunderstorms along a line extending from near Jefferson to 9 miles northeast of Lake Panorama to 8 miles south of Guthrie Center. The storms were moving eastward at 50 mph.
Along with Dallas County, the severe thunderstorm watch is in effect for Adair, Adams, Audubon, Boone, Carroll, Cass, Clarke, Crawford, Decatur, Greene, Guthrie, Madison, Montgomery, Page, Polk, Ringgold, Story, Taylor, Union and Warren counties.
ThePerryNews.com will update this weather story as forecasts evolve.