Severe storms blow into town
Severe thunderstorms blew through Washington County Monday afternoon and early Tuesday morning.
According to the National Weather Service of the Quad Cities Web site, a severe thunderstorm warning was issued for Washington County Monday afternoon about 3:30 p.m. Winds were reported to be blowing at 67 mph by a trained spotter at 3:35 p.m. in Washington.
There was also a report of hail being a half-inch in diameter in Washington at 3:36 p.m. to the NWS Web site. Three-quarter-inch hail was also reported in Riverside at 3:55 p.m.
Monday evening the Washington Fire Department was dispatched to the 1400 block of East Washington Street for a possible fire, according to the Washington County Communications Center call log. A tree branch had fallen over the building and onto an electrical wire, which caused smoke to come from it, but no fire was found.
Lea Smothers, who lives in the 1400 block of North Iowa, found a tree limb hanging over her garage during a storm yesterday or early Tuesday morning.
“I didn’t even hear it happen,” she said. “It’s still hanging over on the garage.”
Another severe thunderstorm warning was issued for Washington County around 2:30 a.m. this morning. A trained spotter reported winds at being 59 mph at 3:15 a.m. to the NWS Web site.
Washington County Emergency Management Coordinator Larry Smith said he hasn’t received any reports of damage to his office Tuesday morning requesting assistance.
He said when storms come through at night, people need to be aware of a couple of things.
“Typically, we encourage situation awareness,” Smith said. “We encourage people to secure the items outside, like any furniture, or anything else that could be blown around so that way you don’t get a surprise in the middle of the night.”
Smith also advises people to check their weather radio before going to bed.
“Make sure you have it set to the right county and have it somewhere in your house where it gets a good signal,” he said.
According to the NWS, severe thunderstorms are likely to develop again Tuesday evening with a risk of heavy rainfall and flash flooding from areas north of Ottumwa through Washington County. There are no watches for Washington County in effect as of press time.