26 tornadoes hit Iowa Wednesday, Gov. Reynolds issues disaster declaration

A tornado captured south of Waverly on July 14, 2021 by Steph Williams.
A tornado captured south of Waverly on July 14, 2021 by Steph Williams.(Steph Williams)
Published: Jul. 16, 2021 at 4:50 PM CDT
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CEDAR RAPIDS, Iowa (KCRG) - Governor Reynolds has issued a disaster declaration after a tornado outbreak swept the state Wednesday.

The National Weather Service says it appears 26 tornadoes touched down in the state on Wednesday. If that number holds true, it would be the third most tornadoes in a single day to hit the state since 1980, behind the 35 recorded on Aug. 31, 2014, and the 28 recorded on April 11, 2001. The weather service said the number could change as crews continue to gather more data from Wednesday’s storms over the coming days.

Governor Kim Reynolds disaster declaration for areas impacted allows state resources and funding to help government and nonprofit agencies respond to the disaster. It also opens up grants for low-income Iowans to help pay for storm damage costs.

The disaster declaration for Wednesday’s tornadoes includes Bremer, Calhoun, Davis, Fayette, Lucas, Monroe, Sac, Wapello and Winneshiek counties. Click here for details on assistance programs from the disaster declaration.

KCRG-TV9 Meteorologist Jan Ryherd provides updates on the counting of Wednesday's tornadoes.

The Associated Press contributed to this article.

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