The night before Christmas Eve brought some warm and stormy weather. And the National Weather Service has now confirmed that two tornadoes touched down in eastern Iowa on the night of December 23rd.
One of the tornado touchdowns happened in Dubuque County near Luxemburg around 5:30 that evening, dropping just northwest of the Highway 3/Highway 52 intersection between White Pine Lane and Heim Road. It was a weak EF1 tornado, only on the ground for about two minutes and one mile. It cut a path 25 yards wide, damaging trees and outbuildings on two farms. Debris from one of the outbuildings was blown into a farmhouse.
The other tornado crossed through Hiawatha in Linn County around 4:30 pm, staying on the ground for four minutes and about two miles. It was also rated a weak EF1 tornado, measuring about 50 yards wide. The tornado caused damage to the roof and siding of twelve homes along Mustang Road, with tree damage also reported.
Two other tornadoes touched down on the other side of the Mississippi River in western Illinois. Photos of one of those tornadoes over Sciota, IL pictured below. (Photos courtesy of National Weather Service/Clayton Cook/Adam Ford)