The KCII Severe Weather Action Team responded to a thunderstorm warning in Washington County and greater southeast Iowa yesterday afternoon at 3:22 p.m. The storm produced golf ball sized hail, hail approximately one inch in diameter and wind gusts reaching 67 miles per hour at the Washington Municipal Airport. Also, two tenths of an inch of rain was recorded in downtown Washington. Damage was reported on Coppock Road, including a vehicle in the ditch, and along Highways 218 and 22 with trees reportedly down.
Warnings were also issued for Jefferson, Henry and Johnson counties. Four members of the KCII team were on air with updates from Weather Eye meteorologists and area officials, including the Johnson County Emergency Management Coordinator. The warning expired at 4:15 p.m.
Also, a severe thunderstorm rolled through the area this morning around 2:45 a.m., causing a tree to fall across Iowa River Road between 140th and 150th, the county roads department was contacted to remove it. In total, the area received three-tenths of an inch of rain in the past 24 hours as of 6 a.m.