National Weather Service Confirms 26 Iowa Tornadoes on Wednesday [PHOTOS/VIDEO]
On Wednesday, the National Weather Service warned Iowans about an enhanced risk for severe weather, north of Interstate 80. We're all guilty of joking around about the success rate of forecasts but, unfortunately, they nailed it on Wednesday.
National Weather Service storm survey teams from the offices in both Des Moines and the Quad Cities continue their work but they've preliminary confirmed there were 26 tornadoes that impacted Iowa Wednesday afternoon and Wednesday night.
The National Weather Service in Des Moines says they've confirmed 12 tornadoes in the central portion of the state.
Des Moines National Weather Service crews are surveying areas of Calhoun, Webster, and Hamilton counties, as well as Butler and Bremer counties. The photos and videos below came from those areas.
The National Weather Service in the Quad Cities has confirmed a pair of EF-1 tornadoes near and in Manchester in Delaware County Wednesday evening.
This is the week of the Delaware County Fair and, thankfully, no one was injured at the fairgrounds last night as the storms rolled through. The National Weather Service also reported there were no injuries throughout the Manchester area.
There was damage in the Manchester area, though, as evidenced by the video and photo below.
It's crazy to think how lucky we'd been before yesterday. Just four confirmed tornadoes in Iowa in the first six-and-a-half months of 2021. Large single-day tornado outbreaks are rare in the state of Iowa, but July 14, 2021 had the 3rd-highest single day total in history. Thank goodness it didn't come at the expense of lives.