BOISE --A tornado warning for portions of Camas and Elmore counties expired at 3:30 p.m. Monday. The National Weather Service reports the storm which prompted the tornado warning has weakened.
However, small hail, heavy rain, gusty winds and low visibilities may still occur in the area, so you should remain cautious and alert for more potential severe storms.
We have been receiving lots of comments on our Facebook page this afternoon about this latest storm. KTVB viewer Chelsi Bennett claims a funnel cloud was spotted near Hill City, and just missed her parents. There has been no official confirmation from the Weather Service.
Salina Timmons-Smith lives in Gooding and writes, it was pretty ugly, very high winds, it's raining so hard it sound like golf balls hitting my windows.
Other viewers in Glenns Ferry and Mountain Home reported high winds and rain, but no damage. Two viewers said it got very quiet and there was some lightning now and then.
We spoke with dispatch centers in Elmore, Camas, Twin Falls and Jerome counties around 3 p.m., and officials said they had not received any reports of damage.
At 2:52 p.m. MDT, National Weather Service Doppler radar indicated a severe thunderstorm capable of producing a tornado 7 miles northwest of Hill City or 17 miles west of Fairfield, moving north at 25 mph.
The tornado producing storm was near Baumgartner campground around 3:25 p.m., Gunsight Peak and Featherville around 3:30 p.m.
Here are some precautionary actions you should take in the event of a tornado.
The safest place to be during a tornado is in a basement. Get under a workbench or other piece of sturdy furniture. If no basement is available seek shelter on the lowest floor of the building in an interior hallway or room such as a closet. Use blankets or pillows to cover your body and always stay away from windows.
If in mobile homes or vehicles evacuate them and get inside a substantial shelter. If no shelter is available, lie flat in the nearest ditch or other low spot and cover your head with your hands.
Meanwhile, a Flash Flood Watch remains in effect until midnight MDT.
The Flash Flood Watch continues for portions of west central Idaho and northeast Oregon.
This includes the Boise Mountains and West Central mountains in Idaho, and Baker County in northeast Oregon.
Showers and thunderstorms with locally heavy rains are expected through this evening.
Impacts may include water over roadways or washed out sections of roads, mudslides and rockslides, and flooding of small streams. Use caution near steep terrain.
The Banks-Lowman Road is especially dangerous when heavy rain occurs.
A Flash Flood Watch means that conditions may develop that lead to flash flooding. Flash flooding is a very dangerous situation.
You should monitor forecasts and be prepared to take action should flash flood warnings be issued.