Residents in Cedar Rapids and surrounding areas in Iowa found themselves under a state of emergency as storm sirens blared relentlessly, warning of the imminent danger posed by an extremely dangerous thunderstorm. The National Weather Service in Quad Cities, Iowa, issued a severe thunderstorm warning that has left locals on high alert.

The warning encompasses multiple areas, including Cedar Rapids, Marion, Martelle, Olin, Onslow, and Hiawatha, urging people to take immediate precautions and remain vigilant until 9:00 PM CDT. The weather event is being described as life-threatening, with the ongoing thunderstorms producing winds gusting up to 100 mph and quarter-size hail.

Video footage circulating on social media captured the intensity of the storm, revealing the ferociousness of the winds and the magnitude of the challenge faced by the residents. The tornado’s path, coupled with the extreme weather conditions, has the potential to cause significant damage to structures and pose a severe threat to life and property.