The Quad-City metro area was spared some of the more severe storms that struck to the north and east, in some instances producing heavy rains, hail and even a couple of tornadoes.
Meteorologist Ray Wolf of the National Weather Service, Davenport, said the system that produced the storms set up north of the Quad-Cities.
“We got nothing at the Davenport Municipal Airport,” Wolf said of any rain. But a thunderstorm struck Moline about 9 p.m., packing winds of up to 45 mph. “The hot spot was north of us.”
One storm that produced a tornado started in the area of La Crosse, Wis., northwest of Dubuque, he said.
The storm moved into Jo Daviess County, and it spawned a tornado that is estimated to have been on the ground south of Hanover, Ill., to northwest of Mount Carroll, Wolf said.
Meteorologists will survey the area today to determine the scope of the tornado.
That storm also produced 60- to 70-mph winds and golf-ball size hail.
Locally, the system that moved into Iowa brought heat, with the high temperature Wednesday reaching 92 degrees. High dew points, a measure of humidity, made it feel like a sauna outside.
Today’s forecast calls for sunny skies with a high near 79 and clear skies overnight and a low of 57, Wolf said. Friday starts out sunny with a high of 76 degrees, but another system moves in Friday night, bringing a 50 percent chance of thunderstorms and an overnight low of 61 degrees.
Across Iowa, multiple tornadoes caused by a massive line of storms "completely damaged" at least two businesses and a home in northern Iowa, according to authorities surveying reports of wreckage.
Stephanie Bond with Iowa Homeland Security and Emergency Management said officials in Wright County reported the damage following reports of multiple tornadoes in the area.
"We're just happy that we don't have reports of injuries or fatalities," she said. "We just hope the extent of the damage is minimal."
Bond said multiple homes and businesses were damaged in nearby Franklin County, and power lines and trees were knocked down. In Alexander, a vehicle was flattened and flipped over.
Duwayne Abel, owner of Cattleman's Steaks & Provisions restaurant in Belmond, said a tornado swooped through his business' parking lot and demolished part of the building. No one was in the restaurant at the time.
"I was, oh, eight miles west of town, and I looked toward town, and I could see a funnel cloud, having no idea it was exactly where our restaurant was," he said. His wife and an employee were able to get out of the restaurant and sought shelter in a basement.
The National Weather Service said spotters reported multiple tornadoes in the area, but a final tally will not be available until today, when officials can survey damage. Meteorologist Kurt Kotenberg said at least two tornadoes were reported and photographed alongside one another near Hampton.
"It is pretty rare," he said of the two tornadoes so close to each other. "A lot of it has to do with the moisture in the lower levels of the atmosphere."
A massive line of storms Wednesday packing hail, lightning and tree-toppling winds was expected to affect states from Iowa to Maryland.
(The Associated Press contributed to this story.)