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National Weather Service confirms 8 tornadoes hit northern Iowa Tuesday

Two EF-2 tornadoes were confirmed from Tuesday's storms: one in Palmer and Gilmore City, and another east of Bradgate.

PALMER, Iowa — Eight tornadoes touched down in northern Iowa on Tuesday afternoon and evening, the National Weather Service confirms. 

Meteorologists at the National Weather Service in Des Moines confirmed two EF-2 tornadoes, including one in Palmer and Gilmore City, and another just east of Bradgate.

Four EF-1 tornadoes touched down: one southwest of Rutland, one in Mason City, one near Little Cedar, and another in New Haven.

Two EF-0 tornadoes occurred, including one tornado in Saratoga and another in Kanawha. 

The National Weather Service confirmed the EF-2 tornado in Palmer and Gilmore City traveled 7.4 miles with peak winds between 115 and 125 mph.

That tornado caused damage to several homes in the area, according to a Facebook post from Faith Community Church in Palmer.

The church says it plans to gather volunteers today to begin clean-up efforts and assist those who are in need following the storms. 

Storm spotters and chasers in the area reported numerous other tornadoes in the area, although it is unclear if any of those caused damage.

In addition to tornadoes, these supercell thunderstorms produced large hail. 

One meteorologist on a storm chase in northern Iowa reported tennis-ball-sized hail around 6:45 p.m. in Gilmore City.

The National Weather Service in Des Moines plans to visit Palmer and Gilmore City on Wednesday to conduct storm surveys and assess the damage, although specific plans have not yet been announced.

There is also a possibility they will survey the Gilmore City, Rutland, and Kanawha areas for potential damage. 

Central Iowa did not experience severe weather, but heavy rain, thunder, strong winds, and prolific lightning did occur late Tuesday night into early Wednesday morning. 

Iowa's second severe weather event of the spring occurred on an unusually warm day- the high reached 82° in Des Moines on Tuesday, while some parts of western and southwestern Iowa reached 90° for the first time in 2022. 

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