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Coaches, players, fans warned of Friday night storm potential

Published: Thursday, Oct. 3, 2013 11:12 a.m. CST • Updated: Thursday, Oct. 3, 2013 11:14 a.m. CST

One of the essential functions of government not affected by the U.S. government shutdown is the National Storm Prediction Center in Norman, Okla.

Earlier this week, the NSPC issued an alert that severe weather could impact a large portion of Iowa, including Jasper County. Since then, the storm center has not backed down from that forecast.

Its latest update should serve as a warning to those who will be participating in Friday night football.

“Another round of strong to severe thunderstorms is expected Friday afternoon north of U.S. Highway 30, then across the entire area Friday night,” the statement reads. “Golf ball-sized hail and 65 mph winds will be the primary threats. There is the potential for a few tornadoes, especially over North-Central Iowa, Friday afternoon and across Central Iowa late Friday afternoon and evening.”

Storms began impacting Jasper County this morning, producing brief periods of heavy rain and wind. As of press time, those storms were expected to taper off by mid-afternoon.

Storm spotter activation is anticipated for Friday afternoon and evening in Jasper County.

All Jasper County-area high school football teams, regardless of whether they are playing at home or on the road, will be in the NSPC’s warned area. The storms are expected to impact Ames, where Iowa State University will play against the University of Texas tomorrow night, as well.

Daily News Editor Bob Eschliman may be contacted at (641) 792-3121, ext. 423, or at