Clinton officers and city personnel were busy Friday night in the aftermath of a thunderstorm that packed strong winds, taking down trees and power lines.
The storms were part of a system that moved across the state. Earlier in the evening, a tornado reportedly touched down in Warren County south of Des Moines.
The Warren County sheriff’s office says a trained storm spotter confirmed that a tornado was on the ground just before 5:30 p.m. between Martensdale and Indianola. A tornado warning that was issued expired about 15 minutes later but strong thunderstorms continued to roll across central and eastern Iowa. The storms followed an earlier line of storms Friday that produced winds up to 80 mph in some areas, knocking down trees, branches and power lines across the state.
It’s the second day in a row that severe weather has battered Iowa. Storms late Thursday produced numerous funnel clouds.