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(NEW YORK) — Millions of people in several states, from the Great Plains to the Midwest, were under the threat of tornadoes Tuesday afternoon, including Iowa, where several tornadoes had touched down near Des Moines and authorities were calling to residents seeking refuge.

The National Weather Service issued tornado watches for parts of Nebraska, Iowa, South Dakota, Missouri, Arkansas, Wisconsin, Illinois, Minnesota, Kansas and Oklahoma through Tuesday night.

Nearly the entire state of Iowa was under a “particularly dangerous situation,” according to the National Weather Service, which issued several tornado warnings near Des Moines.

A series of powerful storms was moving toward Des Moines and had already produced multiple tornadoes by Tuesday afternoon, according to the weather service.

There were no immediate reports of damage or injuries.

Several videos obtained by ABC affiliate station WOI in Des Moines captured a large funnel-shaped cloud on the ground in Greenfield, about 63 miles southwest of Des Moines.

The NWS tornado watch covers eight counties in Iowa and 23 in Nebraska, including Lincoln and Omaha.

Damaging winds of 70 to 90 mph are also forecast for Des Moines, Chicago and Milwaukee Tuesday afternoon into the evening.

Des Moines, a city of more than 200,000 people, is expected to receive a triple dose of severe weather with large hail, strong winds and tornadoes converging on the area.

Severe weather is in full swing across the Great Plains and Midwest, with more than 100 severe storms reported Monday from Colorado to Michigan.

At least three tornadoes were reported in Minnesota, Nebraska and Colorado on Monday, but they did not cause significant damage.

In Yuma, in northeastern Colorado, hail the size of golf balls and softballs hit the area, causing damage to cars and buildings. At one point, the hail was so deep that it caused several vehicles to get stuck, JJ Unger, a Yuma volunteer firefighter, told ABC News on Tuesday.

“It was like a blizzard that lasted half an hour because of the hail,” Unger said. “That’s the longest I’ve ever seen it hail like that.”

Unger said he and his fire crew were looking for possible tornadoes Monday night when lightning struck and hail began to fall.

“It was very intense,” Unger said, adding that he and his crew had to stop and seek shelter as visibility was almost zero.

Unger said when the hail finally subsided, a foot of hail covered his fire truck and area roads.

He said the windshields of his truck and his wife’s vehicle were shattered.

“Almost every house in the city has broken windows and I’ve heard that more than a thousand cars were damaged,” Unger said.

In Nebraska, hail two inches in diameter fell in Dundy County, in the southwest corner of the state, according to local emergency management officials. Winds over 90 mph were also reported in Dundy County.

With severe weather expected through Thursday across the Great Plains and Midwest, potential record heat is moving into Texas and the Northeast.

Temperatures could approach 90 degrees in Philadelphia, New York and Washington, DC, by the middle of this week.

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