Storm blows through county
A severe thunderstorm warning and tornado warning were issued for Washington County Sunday afternoon.
The National Weather Service issued a severe thunderstorm warning about 3 p.m. A tornado warning was issued until 4:30 p.m., but was canceled about 4:15 p.m.
A funnel cloud was reportedly sighted and called into the Washington County Communications Center near Highway 1 and 92 in Washington during this time, according to the call log.
David Cousins from the National Weather Service (NWS) office in the Quad Cities said the NWS had not received that report yet and couldn’t confirm whether or not it was a funnel cloud.
There weren’t any damage reports for Washington County Sunday, Cousins said..
“We have reports from all around Washington County but nothing in Washington County,” Cousins said. “There was hail from pea size to penny size reported in Keokuk County and straight-line winds.”
A semi reportedly rolled over at Highway 218 and 192nd Street in Ainsworth Sunday afternoon, according to the Washington County Communications Center call log. The driver was trapped inside. The Washington County Sheriff’s Department, Ainsworth Fire, Ainsworth QRS, Washington County Ambulance, and Washington County Rescue responded to the scene. The driver of the semi was taken to the Washington County Hospital after he was removed from the semi.
Larry Smith, Emergency Management Coordinator for Washington and Keokuk County, said he didn’t receive any reports of injuries to residents in Washington County.
Smith said when someone is driving and storm is coming it is important for the driver to be vigilant.
“Watch the clouds and get into a lower-lying area,” he said. “We don’t suggest getting out of your car. Just stay with the car, because if there’s rain like this then there usually is a chance for flash-flooding.”