- Associated Press - Wednesday, July 20, 2016

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) - Thunderstorms that spawned at least one suspected tornado have flooded streets and low-lying fields in much of central Iowa.

Rainfall of up to 5 inches was reported in several spots Tuesday.

Lightning strikes touched off a small fire at a Des Moines apartment building and set off fire alarms at another. Trees were toppled and tree limbs were downed in several communities. A wind gust of 63 mph was recorded four miles north-northeast of Anita.

The National Weather Service says a law enforcement officer reported seeing the tornado three miles west of Albia a little after 3 p.m., but the sighting hasn’t been confirmed.

No injuries have been reported.

Sunny skies are expected Wednesday throughout the state, and the National Weather Service has issued warnings or watches for excessive heat.


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