Severe Storms Leave Damage, Thousands Without Power in Metro
Severe storms began moving into the Quad Cities Thursday night at about 10:15 p.m.
The first tornado warning was set to expire at 10:30 p.m. for Muscatine and Scott Counties in Iowa.
Preliminary reports indicate a tornado in Muscatine County as an EF-1.
Following the expiration, a second tornado warning was issued for the Quad Cities Metro of Scott County in Iowa and Rock Island County in Illinois, putting nearly 230,000 Quad Citians in harm's way of a possible tornado.
The storm first affected downtown Davenport and portions of downtown Rock Island, before affecting northern areas of the Quad Cities, including Bettendorf and areas along I-74 and Jersey Ridge Road.
The second tornado warning was adjusted to just the areas in Scott County of Bettendorf, Pleasant Valley, and Riverdale.
A third tornado warning was then issued for Henry and Rock Island Counties in Illinois.
A fourth tornado warning was issued for northern Rock Island and lower Whiteside County in Illinois leaving the Quad Cities Area with three active tornado warnings.
Multiple threats of tornadoes faced different portions of the Quad Cities including Henry County, Il near Colona; Bettendorf, Pleasant Valley and LeClaire in Scott County; and Cordova in northern Rock Island County.
The Whiteside County warning was allowed to expire a few minutes early ahead of its original 11:30 p.m. expiration.
Following the storms, multiple cities across the area began facing power outages. At one point overnight, over 20,000 MidAmerican customers were without power in the Quad Cities, most in Bettendorf.
Bettendorf High School, Herbert Hoover Elementary, and Grant Wood Elementary in Bettendorf were forced to have a two-hour late start due to the power outages.
As of 11 a.m. Friday morning, 2,000 were still without power in the Quad Cities.