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Reported tornado damages Panora housing

Published: Monday, May 12, 2014 11:55 a.m. CDT • Updated: Monday, May 12, 2014 12:54 p.m. CDT

A line of violent thunderstorms swept through southwest and central Iowa Sunday producing reported tornadoes and heavy rainfall.

Jo Duckworth, emergency management coordinator in Union County, is in Panora this morning where a reported tornado damaged condominiums near Lake Panorama just after 10 p.m. Sunday. No injuries have been reported in that possible tornado. Duckworth said she is providing mutual aid there today, doing damage assessments.

“I’m just paying it forward. We received a lot of help when we had our tornado in Creston,” Duckworth said.

In the Creston News Advertiser coverage area, Adair and Clarke counties were hardest hit by Sunday’s storms. Severe thunderstorm warnings were issued Sunday afternoon and didn’t expire until 1:30 a.m. today for most of southwest Iowa.

Murray and Osceola reported two inches of rainfall in less than 90 minutes Sunday afternoon.

Creston has received two inches of rainfall in the past 24 hours. Meanwhile, these violent storms produced wind speeds of 60 miles an hour in Union County. Duckworth said no major damage was reported in Creston or the CNA coverage, though.

“I’m not aware of any at this point,” Duckworth said.

More rainfall is expected in southwest Iowa this afternoon with flash flooding possible. The annual Creston Elks Lodge youth track meet has been postponed until Wednesday.

The high temperature today is expected in the low 70s. Tuesday’s forecast is dry, partly cloudy and cooler with a high in the low 60s.

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