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NWS predicts severe weather Saturday

October 12, 2012
By DAVID ALEXANDER - Staff Writer ( , Times-Republican

The National Weather Service is predicting a chance for severe weather Saturday.

Although the latest forecast from the Storm Prediction Center only shows about a 30 percent chance of severe weather beginning sometime around midnight, forecasters cannot rule out the possibility of hail, strong winds and even tornadoes.

"The main thing is to keep our eyes and ears open," said Kim Elder, with Marshall County Emergency Management.

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A local resident checks out the damage following the wind storm July 11, 2011. The National Weather Service is predicting a slight chance of severe weather, including tornadoes, Saturday.

Kevin Deitsch, a meteorologist at the National Weather Service station near Des Moines, said thunderstorms and light hail could start overnight Friday.

Then, Saturday could see more storms with a break in the morning before picking up with increased severity in the late afternoon, according to the National Weather Service.

Deitsch said the bulk of any hail or isolated tornadoes would likely occur between the later afternoon and into the early evening.

Elder said people should check the batteries in their weather radios and make sure they are fresh. Also, she said people ought to be aware of the possibility of inclement weather so, if it hits, they can be prepared.

Deitsch said temperature should be in the mid-70s, but that should fool people.

"A lot of people around her don't equate fall with severe weather," he said. "It can happen any time of year."



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