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Hail storm rolls into central Iowa Friday afternoon

A Severe Thunderstorm Watch was in effect for much of southern and central Iowa until 8 p.m. Friday.

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Strong storms brought large hail and flash flooding into the metro Friday afternoon.

A Severe Thunderstorm Watch was in effect for much of southern and central Iowa until 8 p.m. Friday. A Severe Thunderstorm Warning was in effect for Jasper County until 3:45 p.m.

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Des Moines police have closed several roads due to flash flooding, and Local 5 spotted cars submerged in water at 24th St and Hickman Rd.

Des Moines Public Works drained the area, according to a tweet from the department.

Local 5 Meteorologist Dave Downey tweeted: "The threat is transitioning from hail to an urban flash flooding event as storms continue to train over the [Des Moines metro."

Hail as big as a golf ball was reported in Clive and West Des Moines, according to trained weather spotters.

Hail reached the Iowa State Fairgrounds just before 4 p.m. MidAmerican Energy reports 223 customers without power statewide as of 10:17 p.m.

Meteorologist Brandon Lawrence at 4:30 p.m.: "Pretty bad street flooding on East 30th in Des Moines right outside the fairgrounds. This is causing big traffic backups heading onto University."

Local 5 reporter Laryssa Leone spoke to a West Des Moines homeowner dealing with the aftermath of the powerful storm. 

"We've lived in this house for 55 years  And I don't think I have seen that much hail and rain ever," Bill Pritchard said.

Pritchard said his home doesn't have too much damage but decided to move his car when he heard the hail start.

"Just about [the] time I got it over here, it really broke loose," he said.

Luckily for Pritchard and his neighbors, a specialist with Rhino Roofing has been to several homes to help people out. 

"We got appointments set up for tomorrow, we're going to come out, check out the roof, check out their siding, make sure everything's kosher. And if it's not, then we help them through the claim process," said storm damage specialist Nathan Johansen.

Johansen said he's been seeing a lot of hail damage in the West Des Moines and Clive neighborhoods, including vehicles, windshields and more. 

"I've seen shingles blown off. I've seen huge holes in roofs. So there's definitely a lot of damage," Johansen said.

As for Pritchard, the storm didn't bother him too much. 

"I grew up watching for tornadoes. And so I'm a storm watcher anyway," he said.

Local 5 will update this story as more information becomes available. Download the We Are Iowa app or subscribe to Local 5's "5 Things to Know" email newsletter for the latest.

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