Register: 11 tornadoes reported as storms rake Iowa

July 07, 2014

By Daniel Finney -

Tornadoes thrashed across Iowa as another bout of severe weather smashed into the state Sunday evening.

While trees and property suffered, there were no immediate reports of serious injuries or deaths in the outbreak of tornadoes.

Trained storm spotters had reported at least 11 tornadoes touching down across the state at press time Sunday evening, according to the National Weather Service bureau in Johnston.

FORECAST: More storms expected this evening

Spotters logged tornadoes in Jewell, Geneva, Reinbeck, Dysart, Traer, Lincoln, Winterset and Newton. More than one tornado was reported for some locations. Weather service meteorologists will investigate storm damage to confirm the reports today.

"We've got a storm survey team that's going to be going out to just to kind of asses what kind of damage occurred," said Brad Fillbach with the National Weather service. Fillbach said the teams would assess in several counties including Jasper, Tama and Grundy.

Sunday's first funnel cloud twisted near Jewell at 5:55 p.m., quickly turning into a tornado by 6 p.m. Small trees were damaged.

Another tornado touched down near Geneva in Franklin County for about three minutes, storm spotters said.

Spotters reported two tornadoes near Reinbeck in Grundy County.

One home about a mile west of Reinbeck sustained major structural damage, and another across the street had damage to its roof, Chief Deputy Tim Wolthoff of the Grundy County Sheriff's Office told the Associated Press. Both of the homes were occupied, but no one was injured.

Four tornado reports came in from Tama County in a 30-minute span. The first twister landed near Dysart at 8:04 p.m. Another reached the ground near Traer three minutes later. At 8:16 p.m., a storm spotter reported a tornado near Lincoln. The fourth twister was reported at 8:35 p.m., again near Traer.

The Lincoln and Traer tornadoes reportedly carried a lot of debris.

Benton County Emergency Management officials reported a tornado near Keystone at 8:56 p.m.

A tornado was spotted in Jasper County near Newton shortly before 9 p.m. Another tornado touched down near Kellogg in Jasper County about 9:10 p.m.

Damage reports were sparse.

Fayette in Fayette County saw wind gusts of 45 mph or greater.

Monday is expected to be hot and muggy for cleanup with highs in the middle to upper 80s in central Iowa.

Thunderstorms may form again late tonight or early Tuesday morning. As much as a half-inch of rain is possible with more intense rains possible in local areas.

Except Wednesday, a chance of thunderstorms is expected every day this week. Highs are expected to be in the 80s.

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