VIDEO: Two tornadoes touch down in Iowa Monday; first January Iowa tornado since 1967

A tornado near I-80 east of Williamsburg, IA on 1/16/2023 (Credit: Matt Krieger)

(ABC 6 News) – An unusual mid-winter severe weather event produced at least two tornado touchdowns in Iowa Monday afternoon.

The National Weather Service (NWS) office in Davenport, Iowa said the first tornado touched down at around 2:00 p.m. near Interstate 80 just east of the Williamsburg exit in Iowa County. A semi-tractor trailer and a passenger vehicle were blown off the interstate as the tornado passed, no injuries were reported. The tornado also caused minor damage to a cattle shelter, and tree damage at a farm before lifting. It was on the ground for roughly 8 minutes along a path estimated at around 5 miles. The tornado was rated EF1 with estimated winds at 90 mph.

NWS officials say a second tornado briefly touched down around 2:50 p.m. near Ely in Linn County. The tornado caused no observable damage and was rated an EF-U, meaning there wasn’t enough damage to evaluate. No other damage was reported.

The last time a tornado touched down in Iowa during the month of January was on January 24, 1967 when 13 tornadoes touched down in the southeast part of the state.