Severe Weather Strikes Quad Cities: Tornado, Several Funnel Cloud Sightings 

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Quad Cities, IL – A powerful storm swept through the Midwest on Tuesday, with the National Weather Service confirming at least one tornado and multiple funnel clouds near the Quad Cities area. The tempest brought a flurry of severe weather reports, including destructive winds and hail across Illinois and Iowa. With communities on high alert, the NWS Quad Cities has deployed storm damage survey teams to investigate the aftermath.

Detailed assessments from the NWS indicate that Tuesday’s tumultuous conditions generated significant atmospheric turmoil. No casualties have been reported, a testament to the region’s preparedness and timely alerts from weather services and local media. Updates on the storm’s impact and recovery efforts will follow as the survey teams provide more comprehensive data. 

The storm system on April 16, 2024, resulted in several reported funnel cloud sightings across the Midwest at the following times and locations:

  • 1 W Alburnett, IA at 4:23 pm CDT: Funnel cloud was reported just to the west of Alburnett.
  • 3 NNE Taylor Ridge, IL at 6:05 pm CDT: A funnel cloud sighting was reported north-northeast of Taylor Ridge.
  • 1 ENE Le Claire, IA at 6:37 pm CDT: A funnel cloud was observed east-northeast of Le Claire.
  • 4 WNW Penrose, IL at 8:10 pm CDT: Reports came in of a funnel cloud west-northwest of Penrose.
  • 1 NE Aledo, IL at 6:25 pm CDT: A funnel cloud was seen to the northeast of Aledo.

In addition to the funnel clouds, the storm system also caused a dust storm near New Berlin, IL, and flooding in Platteville, WI, along with other severe weather events across the region.

As the week progresses, conditions are set to become cooler, with possible frost and freeze conditions by the weekend. The community is advised to stay prepared for changing weather patterns as the three-day forecast suggests fluctuating temperatures and continued chances of rain.

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