By- Rob Jones
Storms and threats of tornadoes swept through North Central Iowa on Sunday night. A storm system moved into the area and brought a tornado warning for Pocahontas and Calhoun Counties that started around 8:30 PM. A large funnel cloud was spotted north of Fonda as the system moved through. The warnings in Pocahontas and Calhoun counties ran through 9:45 PM.
Just after 11 PM, a tornado warning was issued for Webster County which set off emergency sirens in the county. There was a report of a tornado a few miles from Gowrie in Southern Webster County.
The tornado warning in Webster County was first issued for until 11:30 PM, but was extended twice to 12:30 AM. The storm system, brought heavy rain and wind with it. Boone County was included in the tornado warning as the system moved Southeast. Those tornado warning eventually expired and gave way to a thunderstorm warning in those two counties and in Hamilton.
Early Monday morning right after the storms, I spoke with Webster County Emergency Management Coordinator Dylan Hagen to get an update.
The low visibility due to rain and the cover of darkness made assessing the damage difficult. Hagen said they would continue to assess damage around Webster County during the day on Monday. Any Webster County residents that had property damaged from the storm should call 515-573-1403.