Severe weather rolls through Iowa and Illinois

Iowa and Illinois residents experienced multiple rounds of Tornado Warnings, the first of which were issued this afternoon, May 17, at 4:30 p.m and continued into the night.

Henry, Jefferson, Van Buren, and Washington counties in Iowa were the first areas affected as the storm continued to move towards the Quad Cities area.

Once through the Muscatine area, the storm seemed to lose it’s punch and the Tornado Warnings were downgraded to watches.

The break didn’t last long.

The second round of warnings were issued at 6:30 p.m. and lasted until the storm made it’s way through Henry County in Illinois.

The Tornado Warnings expired around 9 p.m.

A play-by-play of this evening’s events can be seen below.

Stay tuned to WQAD News 8 for the latest information.

Callie Risenhoover May 17, 20179:07 pm

Storm coverage will be ending and we will be returning to regular programming. 

Callie Risenhoover May 17, 20178:58 pm
This dangerous storm will be near...
  Deer Grove around 900 PM CDT.
  Rock Falls around 910 PM CDT.
  Sterling around 915 PM CDT.
Callie Risenhoover May 17, 20178:58 pm
...A TORNADO WARNING REMAINS IN EFFECT UNTIL 930 PM CDT FOR
SOUTHEASTERN WHITESIDE COUNTY...
Tory Brecht May 17, 20178:58 pm

Callie Risenhoover May 17, 20178:52 pm
* This dangerous storm will be near...
  Prophetstown around 855 PM CDT.
  Tampico and Deer Grove around 900 PM CDT.
  Rock Falls around 910 PM CDT.
  Sterling around 915 PM CDT.
Callie Risenhoover May 17, 20178:49 pm

Tornado warning in effect for Bureau, Henry, and Whiteside counties until 9:30p.m.

Callie Risenhoover May 17, 20178:45 pm

Tornado warning for Henry county has expired. 

Callie Risenhoover May 17, 20178:40 pm
...A TORNADO WARNING REMAINS IN EFFECT UNTIL 845 PM CDT FOR NORTHERN
HENRY COUNTY...

At 835 PM CDT, a severe thunderstorm capable of producing a tornado
was located south of Geneseo, or 8 miles northeast of Cambridge,
moving northeast at 35 mph.
Tory Brecht May 17, 20178:30 pm

Callie Risenhoover May 17, 20178:30 pm

Circulation that has been taking place west of Geneseo is breaking down. 

Callie Risenhoover May 17, 20178:24 pm
...A TORNADO WARNING REMAINS IN EFFECT UNTIL 845 PM CDT FOR
SOUTHEASTERN ROCK ISLAND AND CENTRAL HENRY COUNTIES...
Callie Risenhoover May 17, 20178:23 pm

Tornado warning in Clinton county has expired. 

Tory Brecht May 17, 20178:18 pm

Callie Risenhoover May 17, 20178:16 pm
At 812 PM CDT, a confirmed tornado was located over Orion, or 10
miles west of Cambridge, moving northeast at 40 mph.
Tory Brecht May 17, 20178:14 pm

Callie Risenhoover May 17, 20178:14 pm
This tornado will be near...
  Colona around 825 PM CDT.
  Cleveland and Osborn around 830 PM CDT.
  Geneseo around 835 PM CDT
Tory Brecht May 17, 20178:07 pm

Callie Risenhoover May 17, 20178:06 pm
The National Weather Service in the Quad Cities has issued a

* Tornado Warning for...
  Southeastern Rock Island County in northwestern Illinois...
  Northeastern Mercer County in northwestern Illinois...
  Northwestern Henry County in northwestern Illinois...

* Until 845 PM CDT
Callie Risenhoover May 17, 20178:01 pm
This dangerous storm will be near...
  McCausland around 800 PM CDT.
  Camanche and Low Moor around 810 PM CDT.
  Andover around 820 PM CDT.
  Clinton around 825 PM CDT.
Tory Brecht May 17, 20177:56 pm

Tory Brecht May 17, 20177:52 pm

Callie Risenhoover May 17, 20177:49 pm

If you are in the path of these storms, now is the time to get to your safe spot. 

Callie Risenhoover May 17, 20177:48 pm
* This dangerous storm will be near...
  Long Grove around 750 PM CDT.
  Grand Mound around 755 PM CDT.
  DeWitt and McCausland around 800 PM CDT.
  Camanche and Low Moor around 805 PM CDT.
  Charlotte around 810 PM CDT.
  Clinton and Andover around 820 PM CDT.
Callie Risenhoover May 17, 20177:46 pm

Tornado warning in effect until 8:30pm for Clinton and Scott counties. 

Callie Risenhoover May 17, 20177:45 pm
...THE TORNADO WARNING FOR NORTHEASTERN HENDERSON...NORTHERN
WARREN...SOUTHWESTERN MERCER AND NORTHEASTERN DES MOINES COUNTIES
WILL EXPIRE AT 745 PM CDT...
Callie Risenhoover May 17, 20177:40 pm
...A SEVERE THUNDERSTORM WARNING REMAINS IN EFFECT UNTIL 815 PM CDT
FOR ROCK ISLAND...NORTHWESTERN MERCER...JO DAVIESS...WESTERN
CARROLL...JACKSON...EASTERN CEDAR...SCOTT...DUBUQUE...EASTERN
JONES...EASTERN MUSCATINE AND CLINTON COUNTIES...
Callie Risenhoover May 17, 20177:34 pm
...A TORNADO WARNING REMAINS IN EFFECT UNTIL 745 PM CDT FOR
HENDERSON...NORTHERN WARREN...SOUTHWESTERN MERCER AND EASTERN DES
MOINES COUNTIES...
Tory Brecht May 17, 20177:29 pm

Katrina Lamansky May 17, 20177:29 pm

Says storm near Oquawka is “very dangerous”

Katrina Lamansky May 17, 20177:21 pm

Golf ball sized hail and 70mph wind gusts are a threat with the severe thunderstorm warning in Rock Island, Mercer, Henry (IA), Louisa, and Muscatine Counties 

Tory Brecht May 17, 20177:19 pm

Katrina Lamansky May 17, 20177:18 pm
A SEVERE THUNDERSTORM WARNING REMAINS IN EFFECT UNTIL 730 PM CDT
FOR SOUTHWESTERN ROCK ISLAND...WESTERN MERCER...NORTHEASTERN HENRY...
LOUISA AND MUSCATINE COUNTIES
Tory Brecht May 17, 20177:15 pm

Katrina Lamansky May 17, 20177:11 pm
...THE TORNADO WARNING FOR NORTHWESTERN DUBUQUE...NORTHWESTERN
JONES...EASTERN DELAWARE AND NORTHEASTERN LINN COUNTIES WILL EXPIRE
AT 715 PM CDT...
Callie Risenhoover May 17, 20177:10 pm
This dangerous storm will be near...
  Tipton around 710 PM CDT.
  Bennett around 715 PM CDT.
  Stanwood around 720 PM CDT.
  Lowden around 725 PM CDT.
Katrina Lamansky May 17, 20177:04 pm

If you’re in Biggsville, take cover immediately

Callie Risenhoover May 17, 20177:01 pm
The National Weather Service in the Quad Cities has issued a

* Tornado Warning for...
  Henderson County in west central Illinois...
  Northern Warren County in west central Illinois...
  Southwestern Mercer County in northwestern Illinois...
  Eastern Des Moines County in southeastern Iowa...

* Until 745 PM CDT
Callie Risenhoover May 17, 20176:54 pm

The tornado warning for Henry County, Ia has expired. 

Katrina Lamansky May 17, 20176:52 pm

Tornado warning in Henry County remains in effect until 7 p.m.

Affecting Mt. Pleasant, New London, Wayland, and Winfield

Katrina Lamansky May 17, 20176:50 pm
This dangerous storm will be near...
  West Branch, West Liberty and Atalissa around 700 PM CDT.
  Rochester around 705 PM CDT.
  Tipton around 715 PM CDT.
  Bennett around 720 PM CDT.
  Lowden around 725 PM CDT.
Katrina Lamansky May 17, 20176:49 pm
Tornado Warning for...
  Cedar County in east central Iowa...
  Southeastern Johnson County in east central Iowa...
  Northwestern Muscatine County in east central Iowa...

Until 730 PM CDT
Katrina Lamansky May 17, 20176:45 pm
THE SEVERE THUNDERSTORM WARNING FOR CENTRAL VAN BUREN AND
SOUTHEASTERN JEFFERSON COUNTIES WILL EXPIRE AT 645 PM
Katrina Lamansky May 17, 20176:44 pm
THE SEVERE THUNDERSTORM WARNING FOR NORTHERN HENRY...NORTHWESTERN
VAN BUREN...WASHINGTON AND JEFFERSON COUNTIES WILL EXPIRE AT 645 PM
Katrina Lamansky May 17, 20176:44 pm

James Zahara is expecting this storm to cross the river in about 45 minutes

Katrina Lamansky May 17, 20176:44 pm

Katrina Lamansky May 17, 20176:43 pm
The National Weather Service in the Quad Cities has issued a

* Severe Thunderstorm Warning for...
  Southwestern Rock Island County in northwestern Illinois...
  Western Mercer County in northwestern Illinois...
  Northern Henry County in southeastern Iowa...
  Louisa County in southeastern Iowa...
  Eastern Washington County in southeastern Iowa...
  Muscatine County in east central Iowa...

* Until 730 PM CDT
Katrina Lamansky May 17, 20176:42 pm
A SEVERE THUNDERSTORM WARNING REMAINS IN EFFECT UNTIL 730 PM CDT
FOR WESTERN JACKSON...EASTERN BUCHANAN...CEDAR...DUBUQUE...JOHNSON...
NORTHEASTERN WASHINGTON...JONES...DELAWARE...WESTERN MUSCATINE...
EASTERN LINN AND NORTHWESTERN CLINTON COUNTIES...
Katrina Lamansky May 17, 20176:39 pm

Here are where the tornado warnings are right now (counties in red)

 

Katrina Lamansky May 17, 20176:36 pm

Spotters confirmed this latest tornado

Katrina Lamansky May 17, 20176:33 pm
Tornado Warning for...
  Northwestern Dubuque County in northeastern Iowa...
  Northwestern Jones County in east central Iowa...
  Eastern Delaware County in northeastern Iowa...
  Northeastern Linn County in east central Iowa...

* Until 715 PM CDT
Katrina Lamansky May 17, 20176:33 pm
The National Weather Service in the Quad Cities has issued a

* Severe Thunderstorm Warning for...
  Western Jackson County in east central Iowa...
  Buchanan County in northeastern Iowa...
  Cedar County in east central Iowa...
  Dubuque County in northeastern Iowa...
  Johnson County in east central Iowa...
  Northeastern Washington County in southeastern Iowa...
  Jones County in east central Iowa...
  Delaware County in northeastern Iowa...
  Western Muscatine County in east central Iowa...
  Linn County in east central Iowa...
  Western Clinton County in east central Iowa...
Katrina Lamansky May 17, 20176:30 pm

Red shows where the tornado warnings are

Katrina Lamansky May 17, 20176:29 pm

After a storm in Fruitland, Iowa. (Submitted photo)

Katrina Lamansky May 17, 20176:27 pm

Photo shared by Brittany on Facebook. This is a tree branch that fell on her car 😦Image may contain: car, tree, plant and outdoor
Katrina Lamansky May 17, 20176:22 pm

Tornado warning just issued for Johnson, Louisa and Washington County until 7 p.m.

Katrina Lamansky May 17, 20176:20 pm

Meteorologist Taylor Graham says to take immediate action if you’re in Mt. Pleasant. The storm will be headed toward you very soon.

Callie Risenhoover May 17, 20176:11 pm
...A TORNADO WARNING REMAINS IN EFFECT UNTIL 700 PM CDT FOR HENRY...
VAN BUREN...SOUTHEASTERN JEFFERSON...NORTHWESTERN LEE...NORTHEASTERN
SCOTLAND AND NORTHWESTERN CLARK COUNTIES...
Callie Risenhoover May 17, 20176:08 pm

Aftermath of the storm that hit Rock Falls. Sent in by Mandy Johnson. 

Callie Risenhoover May 17, 20175:49 pm

Sent in by storm chaser, Cory Marshal, near Muscatine, Ia. 

Callie Risenhoover May 17, 20175:47 pm
The National Weather Service in the Quad Cities has issued a

* Severe Thunderstorm Warning for...
  Northern Henry County in southeastern Iowa...
  Northwestern Van Buren County in southeastern Iowa...
  Southeastern Keokuk County in southeastern Iowa...
  Washington County in southeastern Iowa...
  Jefferson County in southeastern Iowa...

* Until 645 PM CDT
Katrina Lamansky May 17, 20175:40 pm

All tornado warnings have been cancelled.

A tornado watch remains in effect for the entire viewing area

Callie Risenhoover May 17, 20175:27 pm

Golf ball sized hail reported south of Durant at 5:22pm. 

Katrina Lamansky May 17, 20175:26 pm
The National Weather Service in the Quad Cities has issued a

* Severe Thunderstorm Warning for...
  Southwestern Rock Island County in northwestern Illinois...
  Southeastern Cedar County in east central Iowa...
  Western Scott County in east central Iowa...
  Northeastern Muscatine County in east central Iowa...
  Western Clinton County in east central Iowa...

* Until 615 PM CDT
Callie Risenhoover May 17, 20175:23 pm

Cornfield in Osco, Il. Sent in by Christi Weber. 

Katrina Lamansky May 17, 20175:23 pm

Katrina Lamansky May 17, 20175:22 pm

A tornado watch remains in effect for the entire viewing area (The yellow counties)

Katrina Lamansky May 17, 20175:18 pm

James Zahara says “this storm is losing a little bit of its punch”

Katrina Lamansky May 17, 20175:17 pm

“We can’t give you the all clear for the Quad Cities just yet”

Katrina Lamansky May 17, 20175:17 pm
...A TORNADO WARNING REMAINS IN EFFECT UNTIL 530 PM CDT FOR
SOUTHWESTERN ROCK ISLAND AND MUSCATINE COUNTIES...
Katrina Lamansky May 17, 20175:12 pm

If you’re in the Sauk Valley right now in Sterling/Rock Falls, Meteorologist Eric Sorensen says Don’t go outside

Katrina Lamansky May 17, 20175:10 pm

Power outages reported by MidAmerican Energy

Katrina Lamansky May 17, 20175:08 pm

A tornado warning for Whiteside County is expected soon

Katrina Lamansky May 17, 20175:06 pm

Prophetstown may be seeing pea-sized hail right about now

Katrina Lamansky May 17, 20175:06 pm
This dangerous storm will be near...
  Muscatine and Fairport around 510 PM CDT.
  Wilton around 515 PM CDT.
  Durant around 520 PM CDT.
Katrina Lamansky May 17, 20175:06 pm
At 454 PM CDT, a severe thunderstorm capable of producing a tornado
was located over Fruitland, or 7 miles southwest of Muscatine, moving
northeast at 45 mph.
Katrina Lamansky May 17, 20175:02 pm
This dangerous storm will be near...
  Muscatine and Fairport around 510 PM CDT.
  Wilton around 515 PM CDT.
  Durant around 520 PM CDT.
Katrina Lamansky May 17, 20174:59 pm

Red is TORNADO WARNING

Orange is Severe THUNDERSTORM WARNING

Yellow is TORNADO WATCH

Katrina Lamansky May 17, 20174:56 pm

Eric Sorensen is telling Muscatine that “it is too dangerous to go outside” right now. TAKE COVER

Callie Risenhoover May 17, 20174:56 pm

Hail in Mt. Pleasant, Ia. Sent in by Meredith and Benny Lee. 

Katrina Lamansky May 17, 20174:56 pm
* This dangerous storm will be near...
 Fruitland around 455 PM CDT.
  Muscatine around 505 PM CDT.
  Durant and Wilton around 515 PM CDT.
Callie Risenhoover May 17, 20174:55 pm

Wapello, Ia. Sent in by Austin Wagner. 

Katrina Lamansky May 17, 20174:54 pm

TORNADO WARNING until 5:30pm — Louisa, Mercer, Muscatine, Rock Island

Nearly 38,000 affected.

Katrina Lamansky May 17, 20174:53 pm

The City of Muscatine needs to be in safe shelter RIGHT NOW

Katrina Lamansky May 17, 20174:52 pm

Katrina Lamansky May 17, 20174:51 pm

A Facebook friend says sirens are going off in Wapello

Katrina Lamansky May 17, 20174:50 pm
This dangerous storm will be near...
  Letts around 450 PM CDT.
  Fruitland around 455 PM CDT.
  Muscatine around 505 PM CDT.
  Durant and Wilton around 515 PM CDT.
Katrina Lamansky May 17, 20174:47 pm

If you are in Muscatine, James Zahara says you need to be in a safe place immediately.

Katrina Lamansky May 17, 20174:46 pm

Quarter-sized hail, 2 miles west of Mt. Union, Iowa. Image from Lara Reid Beelman.

Katrina Lamansky May 17, 20174:41 pm
* This dangerous storm will be near...
  Grandview around 445 PM CDT.
  Letts around 450 PM CDT.
  Fruitland around 455 PM CDT.
  Muscatine around 505 PM CDT.
  Durant and Wilton around 515 PM CDT.
Callie Risenhoover May 17, 20174:41 pm

Louisa, Mercer, Muscatine, and Rock Island counties under Tornado warning until 5:30pm. 

Katrina Lamansky May 17, 20174:39 pm

Lara Reid Beelman, rainbow

Callie Risenhoover May 17, 20174:34 pm

Henry, Des Moines, and Louisa counties remain under Tornado warning until 4:45pm. 

Katrina Lamansky May 17, 20174:30 pm

A Facebook commenter says it’s “crazy” out there in Lyndon 

Katrina Lamansky May 17, 20174:29 pm

Yarmouth, Iowa just after 4 p.m., photo from Mitchell Pforts 

Katrina Lamansky May 17, 20174:29 pm

Louisa County around 2:50 p.m. Image shared by Tammy Cook Slater

Katrina Lamansky May 17, 20174:14 pm

RED IS TORNADO WARNINGS

Callie Risenhoover May 17, 20174:07 pm

Des Moines, Lee, and Louisa counties added to Tornado warning. Effective until 4:45pm.

Callie Risenhoover May 17, 20174:02 pm

Clinton, Muscatine, Rock Island, and Scott counties all under Tornado watch. Effective until 11pm. 

Callie Risenhoover May 17, 20173:58 pm

Henry, Jefferson, Van Buren, and Washington counties under Tornado warning. Effective until 4:30pm.