Storms bring flash flooding to Iowa
DES MOINES (AP) – Powerful storms moving across Iowa Tuesday night dumped heavy rain that caused flash flooding and produced tornadoes and winds strong enough to blow a semitrailer off the highway.
No one was reported injured.
The National Weather Service said a train engineer reported a tornado on the ground north of Iowa Falls in Franklin County late Tuesday. Elsewhere in northern Iowa, a large funnel cloud was visible during lightning strikes near Thor in Humboldt County.
Early Wednesday, winds of 60 mph toppled trees and knocked out power to about 6,000 residents in Waterloo.
Gary Tielebein, of Waterloo, said he woke up around 3 a.m.
“It started blowing, and then all of a sudden it got like shrill, and the house started to shake,” he said. “Then it just went away.”
In Bremer County, strong winds damaged several homes and blew down two barns near Tripoli.
In Wright County, a semitrailer was blown over on Interstate 35.
Also in Wright County, heavy rain caused flash flooding.
The sheriff’s office said more than 5 inches of rain fell overnight, flooding roads across the county and some basements in Clarion.
“The rain came down so hard and fast, it just flooded everywhere,” said Linda Darland, a sheriff’s dispatcher.
Darland said several roads were closed and power was knocked out in Clarion. She said flash flooding caused several manhole covers to pop off.
“We’ve got cars that tried to go through water, and the water’s up to the windshield,” she said.
Strong rotating systems were reported throughout the northcentral iowa region with tornado sirens blaring more than once in Forty Dodge and other nearby communities.
Manson, in Calhoun County, reported some wind damage with tree branches blown down.
Waist-high corn plants showed some slight lodging from the gale-force winds, but appear that they will realign themselves within a week or so.
Larry Kershner, Farm News news editor, contributed to this report.
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