The threat of severe weather around Muscatine appears to have dissipated, but severe storms have moved across parts of eastern Iowa and into Illinois over the past several hours.
A tornado watch remained in effect until 9 p.m., as clusters of thunderstorms continued to produce damaging winds and very large hail, along with the threat of tornadoes that could be significant and have long-tracks.
We're continuing to monitor two separate tornadic storms this evening. It's getting dark and these storms are moving quickly so you may not be able to see it coming. If you are in the path of these storms take shelter! #iawx#ilwxpic.twitter.com/3CgKZZmCsz
Once the cold front clears the area, forecasters say winds will pick up substantially from the west-southwest with gusts likely over 40 mph at times through Sunday.
National Weather Service forecast for Muscatine, as of Saturday 8 p.m.:
Scattered showers and thunderstorms. Some storms could be severe, with large hail and damaging winds. Increasing clouds, with a low around 44. Breezy, with a southwest wind 15 to 25 mph, with gusts as high as 40 mph. Chance of precipitation is 30%.
Scattered showers before 7am. Mostly cloudy, with a high near 50. Windy, with a west wind 25 to 30 mph, with gusts as high as 45 mph. Chance of precipitation is 30%.
Mostly cloudy, then gradually becoming clear, with a low around 35. Breezy, with a west wind 15 to 20 mph decreasing to 5 to 10 mph after midnight. Winds could gust as high as 25 mph.
Sunny, with a high near 57. Northwest wind 5 to 10 mph.
Mostly cloudy, with a low around 37.
Mostly cloudy, with a high near 52.
Partly cloudy, with a low around 35.
A 30 percent chance of rain after 1pm. Partly sunny, with a high near 54.
A 30 percent chance of rain before 1am. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 38.
Mostly cloudy, with a high near 49.
Mostly cloudy, with a low around 34.
Partly sunny, with a high near 46.
Mostly cloudy, with a low around 30.
Partly sunny, with a high near 45.
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