Monday, May 20, 2024

Tornado Warning Issued for Central Shelby County Until 10 p.m.

The National Weather Service in Omaha has issued a tornado warning for central Shelby County in southwestern Iowa until 10:00 PM CDT.

At 9:24 PM CDT, a severe thunderstorm capable of producing a tornado was located 5 miles northeast of Shelby, or 6 miles southwest of Harlan, moving northeast at 60 mph. Another area of rotation capable of producing a tornado was located 2 miles southeast of Portsmouth, also moving northeast at 60 mph. The storm poses a threat of tornadoes and quarter-size hail, with flying debris being dangerous to those caught without shelter. Mobile homes, roofs, windows, and vehicles are likely to be damaged or destroyed. The storm is expected to reach Harlan around 9:30 PM CDT and Irwin around 9:40 PM CDT. Residents are urged to take cover immediately by moving to a basement or an interior room on the lowest floor of a sturdy building, and to avoid windows. If outdoors, in a mobile home, or in a vehicle, seek the closest substantial shelter and protect yourself from flying debris.

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