Severe Storms Accompanied by Devastating Winds Pass Through Northeastern Iowa – Mix 94.7 KMCH
Severe storms accompanied by destructive winds moved across northeast Iowa on Tuesday afternoon, causing power outages, broken trees and flash flooding.
Storm warnings were issued around 3 p.m. for the Delaware County area, with the threat of destructive winds of 80 miles per hour. Winds of 70 miles per hour were estimated at Hazleton and Dyersville, with winds of 60 miles per hour at Oneida.
High winds caused property damage in the Manchester area. A new commercial building was destroyed northwest of the city, Hutchinson lost the roof of his truck store, and the Fastenal building lost part of its roof. Damage to the home has been reported in the Hazleton area and a pig containment building east of Fairbank has lost its roof. Manchester’s Beckman Sports Complex sustained damage to its fences and canoes. And there were numerous reports of corn in the fields in the area, including Earlville and Fairbank.
There have been numerous reports of fallen trees and tree branches, with some stretches of road blocking – including on North Franklin Street in Manchester north of the cemetery and on Highway 13 about three miles north of Manchester.
Golf ball-sized hail has been reported north of Manchester, with quarter-sized hail reported by emergency management in Dyersville.
And heavy rains caused flash flooding, with several streets in Manchester covered in water.
Power outages have also been reported across the region. By 6 p.m., Alliant Energy was responding to more than 140 outages affecting nearly 8,000 customers in eastern Iowa. No word on when the power could be restored.
Manchester City manager Tim Vick said Manchester residents can bring their storm debris – including tree branches, branches and brush – to the curb. City crews will stop to pick up the debris this week.
You can find several photos of the storm damage from our listeners below – and check out our KMCH Facebook page for more storm photos and reports.
Corn slaughtered in the Earlville area
The roof of a Hutchinson truck store exploded in Manchester
The Fastenal building loses part of its roof in Manchester
Tree branch blocking the southbound lane of North Franklin Street / Highway 13 in Manchester
Corner of North 4th Street and Seeley Street in Manchester – tree down on power line and smoking
Flash floods on North 4th Street and Walker Drive in Manchester
Gazebo at destroyed West Delaware Middle School
photos courtesy of Kayla Rubner, Craig Ingamells, Tony Ede, Jayne Schuster, Clayton Holman, Diane Ross, Jessie Lewin, Lynn Cooper