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Large hail reported Sunday

By Xiomara Levsen | May 12, 2014

Sunday afternoon the National Weather Service (NWS) of the Quad Cities issued a severe thunderstorm warning for Washington County.
At 3:30 p.m. a tornado warning was issued for the southwestern part of the county, according to the NWS office in Davenport. The storm had the capability to produce a tornado and hail and was spotted near Pleasant Plain moving east at 30 miles per hour.
There was only one storm report from Washington County on the NWS Web site from Sunday’s storm. A storm spotter reported hail 1.75 inches in diameter to the NWS office from Brighton at 3:47 p.m.
According to a statement from the NWS Web site, the warm and humid air combined with the strong winds Sunday afternoon created favorable conditions for supercell thunderstorms, which were located along a warm front in southeast Iowa and central Illinois. Some of the supercell thunderstorms produced large hail and damaging winds.
Larry Smith, Emergency Management coordinator for Washington and Keokuk counties, said his office hasn’t received any storm damage reports from Sunday’s storm. Usually, people will call the safety center to report damages and they will relay the information to him, Smith said.
There is another chance of severe thunderstorms Monday afternoon and evening as a cold front pushes through eastern Iowa, the NWS Web site said. Some of the storms will be capable of producing hail and damaging winds.
Smith said he always encourages people to be aware of their surroundings when there is a
chance of storms coming through.
“We always encourage people to find your safe place,” he said. “It’s called situation awareness. If you’re out at the baseball field, look around, and know which area you would go to in case a storm comes through.”
If someone isn’t outside but living in a home without a basement, Smith said the safest place to be during a severe thunderstorm or tornado is in an interior room.
“Typically, we tell people to find shelter where you’re at,” Smith said. “Go to an interior room, like the pantry, a closet, or the bathroom. Bathrooms are usually pretty safe because the bathtub is in between two interior walls and people can use the bathtub for shelter.”
Another thing people need to be aware of during severe thunderstorms is flash flooding, Smith said.
“Slow down when you’re driving through a rainstorm,” he said. “If you come across water on the road don’t drive through it. Turn around and drive around it.”

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