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Wapello County Emergency Mgmt: no reports of storm damage yet

Dark, rotating clouds were moving toward Ottumwa around 5:30 p.m. Thursday/KTVO

Wapello County made it through Thursday's series of storms without any reports of severe damage.

Around 4 p.m. Thursday, the National Weather Service issued a tornado warning for Mahaska County, after a tornado touched down in Pella.The storm continued to move south, putting Wapello County and surrounding areas under a tornado warning.

KTVO was on the lookout for dark, rotating clouds near Ottumwa. Law enforcement reported a rain-wrapped tornado near the Ottumwa Regional Airport.

By 6 p.m., the storm, bringing heavy wind, rain and hail left Wapello County, and moved toward Van Buren and Jefferson Counties.

Wapello County Emergency Management Coordinator Tim Richmond, who is currently assisting with damage cleanup in Pella, said he has not received any reports of damage in Wapello County. There were, however, reports of disrupted power lines. Around 5 p.m., Wapello County crews responded to a report of a power line on fire on Blackhawk Road.

Richmond has asked residents who know of damage, to report it to the Wapello County Law Center.

Around 6:30 p.m. Thursday, Wapello County and Ottumwa firefighters were checking the Ottumwa Regional Airport for damage.

KTVO will provide more details as they become available.





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