Mower gets 2.4 inches of rain: Tornado warning was issued in Freeborn County

Published 9:56 am Monday, June 2, 2014

Mower County experienced severe thunderstorms and more than two inches of rain Sunday as storm systems moved through the region.

The National Weather Service issued a severe thunderstorm warning for Mower County early Sunday afternoon and a flash flood warning at about 3 p.m. NWS meteorologists say about 1.5 inches of rain fell in Austin within an hour’s time, which prompted the flash flood warning. The area received about 2.4 inches of rain overall Sunday.

Turtle Creek rose from just above 2 feet Sunday to 3.67 feet as of Monday morning, while the Cedar River rose from about 3.6 feet to 4.8 feet during the same time period.

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In addition, spotters were activated at the west edge of Mower County and Austin to track a possible tornado in Iowa. However, rotation dropped significantly and the tornado warning was canceled before the system moved toward Mower County. NWS meteorologist Dan Jones said Mower residents haven’t reported any damage from the storm thus far.

Freeborn County was in a tornado warning for a short spell Sunday afternoon after weak tornadoes were reported near Madelia and Gaylord, along with others south of the border near Buffalo Center, Wesley, Rock Falls and Manly.

As of Monday morning, no major damage has been reported.

Residents can expect the skies to clear up over the day Monday with no chance of rainfall until Tuesday night into Wednesday, when another storm system will pass through. Jones said Mower County would likely experience showers and thunderstorms but little severe weather based on current storm patterns.

“The main severe threat and real intense thunderstorm activity is going to remain south of the Austin area, and remain pretty much over southern Iowa,” he said.