No doubt about it, March went out like a lion. Severe Weather Awareness Week ended Friday with tornado and severe thunderstorm watches and warnings. Residents of southeast and eastern Iowa were urged to seek cover on and off thru the afternoon and into the early evening hours. Tornado warnings were issued based on conditions near Fairfield, Lockridge, Trenton and Washington. The sirens went off in Lockridge, Mount Pleasant and New London. New London reported hail, thunder and lightening and heavy rain fall. Winds cutting thru Danville flipped a semi. Severe damage was reported to homes in Hills. Many communities experienced downed power lines and trees. The severe weather continued towards the Mississippi River and also north to Solon where a roof was ripped off a business. Due to the severe weather and tornadoes that moved through Southeast Iowa Friday afternoon, parts of Libertyville, Stockport, Hedrick, and a large area of Van Buren County were still without power as of 8 pm Friday night.
The KILJ listening area remained under a tornado warning until 8 pm Friday night and a wind advisory remains in effect until Saturday afternoon.