Severe Weather strikes again


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Mother’s Day activities were interrupted Sunday afternoon after a line of thunderstorms moved through the area.

The severe storms began moving through shortly after 1:00 p.m.  At the time of the storms much of the area was under a tornado watch.  As the storms moved through Wapello County and Ottumwa two tornado warnings were issued by the National Weather Service in Des Moines.

The warnings   were issued after radar indicated severe thunderstorms with possible tornados.  Numerous funnel clouds were reported by the public in Ottumwa and Wapello County. Funnel clouds were reported in the area of Ottumwa Park, and the Wapello County courthouse.  Funnel clouds were also reported near Chillicothe and Eddyville.  A check of Sheriff’s Departments in southeast Iowa this morning showed there were no reports of any damage from the storms.

The City’s out door warning system was activated by the Ottumwa Police Department on two occasions.

The City’s outdoor warning system will be discussed by the Ottumwa City council when it meets in special session this afternoon at 5:00 p.m. in the council chamber.  Two weeks ago severe thunderstorms moved through the Ottumwa area that resulted in numerous damage reports due to strong straight line winds.  After surveying the damage from those storms, the National Weather service determined an EF-1 tornado did occurred inWapello County.  That tornado began in Highland Center and continued moving into Keokuk County.

Saturday the National Service made motion of an outbreak of severe weather in one of it’s products called The forecast discussion.

Forecasters warned there was a good chance of severe storms on Sunday and called the situation quote “a particularly dangerous situation with the possibility of multiple strong tornadoes.

There is a 70-percent chance of more storms Monday and Monday night.

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