HIGH WINDS ROLL THROUGH THE AREA
(Atlantic) High winds blew through southwest Iowa early this morning blowing down tree branches and dumping heavy rain. However, most of the damage occurred in eastern Iowa.
A severe thunderstorm warning was issued for Cass, Southern Audubon, Adair and Guthrie Counties at around 2:05 a.m.
“We had a pretty strong storm come across the Omaha area and move through West Central Iowa including the Atlantic and Audubon areas where it really began to strengthen,” stated Donavan, meteorologist with the National Weather Service in Des Moines. “We did have reports of winds gusts of 50-miles per hour through here causing some tree damage.”
Donavan says the storm continued to build strength as it moved east into Des Moines with reports of 64-miles per hour winds that caused a lot of tree damage. And the storm intensified even more in eastern Iowa. “It really started to strengthen just east of Des Moines,” said Donavan. “There is a lot of structural damage particularly around Marshalltown.”
Donavan says the storm moved into the Cedar Rapids area causing extensive damage there early this morning.