10 PM Update: The severe weather threat has now been lowered for the remainder of tonight. Most of the Severe Thunderstorm Watch has been cancelled.
Severe thunderstorms pushed through Jefferson & Henry Counties in Iowa earlier in the evening, then marched farther south in Missouri. We’re just expecting some showers through the rest of the night.
7:15 PM Update: The Severe Thunderstorm Watch has now been expanded farther east– now including Mercer, Henderson, Warren, Knox, and Stark Counties in Illinois until 12 AM.
Severe thunderstorms with the potential for 70 mph wind gusts are currently pushing into southeast Iowa, and will continue moving east-southeast through this evening.
Original Story: A Severe Thunderstorm Watch has been issued for most of southeast Iowa through 10 PM Saturday night.
As of early Saturday evening, severe thunderstorms have already formed in central Iowa. More development is expected farther east later this evening.
The main threats will be storms capable of producing 60-70 mph wind gusts and hail up 1.5″ in diameter. Currently, the tornado threat is low.
Stay weather aware through the rest of the evening!