WASHINGTON, D.C. -- The National Weather Service (NWS) reports that over the weekend, severe weather including tornadoes, large hail, periods of locally heavy rain and strong winds moved across Plains States. Parts of Texas, Kansas, Oklahoma, Missouri, Iowa and Illinois were affected by the severe weather. The system downed trees and power lines and caused damage to homes and other structures.
Iowa was hardest hit by the storm yesterday with local officials in several counties reporting damage from tornadoes and flooding from the heavy rain.
Logan (Harrison County) was hardest hit with six houses destroyed, several others damaged and one bridge destroyed.
Other counties affected include Linn, Delaware, Clinton, Buchanan, Dubuque, and Scott.
NWS reports as much as eight inches of rain fell overnight in northeast areas of the state, which caused flooding in Dubuque and Buchanan counties. Some Dubuque residents were evacuated..
Jodaviess, Whiteside, Stephenson, Ogle, Lee, Lake and McHenry counties were hardest Hit in Illinois. In Lake County, strong winds of up to 70 mph damaged six trailers in a mobile home park.
NWS forecasters expect more severe weather today including tornadoes and heavy rain from southern parts of Texas north across northern Louisiana, Arkansas, southern Missouri and most of Illinois.
Many areas are already saturated from the rain yesterday and the additional forecasted precipitation of up to two inches has prompted NWS flash flood and flood watches for parts of Iowa, Illinois and northern Oklahoma. The system is expected to move slowly eastward, making its way to the Ohio Valley by tomorrow.