Iowa Sifting Through Latest Storm Damage

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Storms continue to ravage parts of Iowa - towns like Logan, Portsmouth and especially Harlan where a tornado touched down just outside of town Sunday night. Monday brought hail and wind damage.

The Wegners made quick work of some tree damage Monday morning but recent storms have caused damage in and around town.

Kelly Wegner said, “A lot of hit and miss, a lot of large hail pictures from my friends, from quarter size to nickel size, softball size and golf ball sized. It is just pretty sporadic."


Hail

Jason Wickizer, with Shelby County Emergency Management, said, “We ended up with baseball-sized hail just to the east and south of Harlan."

He said he’s never seen hail that large in this area before.

With so many storms this year, the Wegners wonder how long their luck can hold out.

Alex Wegner said, "It'll be in one part of town, it'll be absolutely no damage, and you come over here and you got a pretty big, pretty strong tree you know that just got taken right down. So, storms are kind of wicked if you think about it."

Just south of Harlan, residents have their eyes on the West Nishnabotna River. That’s going to be a cause for concern if the rains continue.

Damage including flooded roads and downed power lines has been reported around Iowa as severe weather packing heavy rain and large hail moved through the state.

The National Weather Service says it received dozens of reports Monday from around Iowa about damage caused by severe thunderstorms. There were several reports of storms that were capable of producing tornados, but officials have not confirmed them.

Reported damage included snapped trees in Hamilton County, downed power lines in Hardin County and flash flooding in Black Hawk County. There were no reports of injuries.

The severe weather, which packed golf ball-size hail and wind gusts of up to 75 mph, had most of the state under a tornado watch or a flash watch. It continued eastward on Monday.


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