(Audubon) The Audubon County Sheriff’s Office says Highway 71 through Audubon is now open. The road was closed for awhile this morning. High winds blew a dryer over at the West Central Coop in Audubon and broke a gas line causing the Highway to close. It reopened at around 12:30 p.m.
The National Weather Service in Des Moines reported 70-mile per hour wind gusts in Audubon caused buildings to shake. The storm lasted about 30-minutes in the city and knocked down four-to-five inches in diameter tree limbs, flattened corn and knocked out power to the city.
The storm also caused some damage in other parts of the region. High winds knocked down five-inch diameter tree branches in Atlantic.
Wind gusts of 60-63 miles per hour were reported in Carroll between 11:30 and 11:35.
In Guthrie Center winds blew shingles off a house and 10-inch diameter tree limbs were blown down to the ground and on power lines. Winds gusts of 60 miles per hour were reported in Coon Rapids and Bayard. Heavy rains also flooded Middle River sending three-or-four feet of water over the roadway.
The forecast calls for more thunderstorms tonight and some could be severe. Large hail and damaging winds will be the main threat and an isolated tornado cannot be ruled out. Heavy rainfall will also be possible through tonight.
June 24, 2013
Updated: 1:42 p.m.