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Severe Storms with Damaging Winds Move Across Northeast Iowa

Severe storms with damaging winds moved through northeast Iowa on Tuesday afternoon, leading to power outages, snapped trees and flash flooding.

Storm warnings were issued around 3 pm for the Delaware County area, with the threat of destructive 80 mile per hour winds. 70 mile per hour winds were estimated in Hazleton and Dyersville, with 60 mile per hour winds in Oneida.

The severe winds caused some property damage in the Manchester area. A new shop building was destroyed northwest of town, Hutchinson lost the roof of its truck shop and the Fastenal building lost part of its roof. Home damage was reported in the Hazleton area and a hog confinement building east of Fairbank lost its roof. The Beckman Sports Complex in Manchester sustained damage to its fencing and dugouts. And there were widespread reports of corn down in fields across the area, including Earlville and Fairbank.

There were numerous reports of trees and tree branches down, with some blocking portions of roads – 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 was reported north of Manchester, with quarter-sized hail reported by emergency management in Dyersville.

And heavy rains led to flash flooding, with several streets in Manchester covered in water. The City of Manchester says 1.76″ of rain fell on Tuesday, with the temperature sharply dropping from 91 degrees at 2:50 pm to 64 degrees by 3:30 pm.

Power outages were also reported across the area. As of 6 pm, Alliant Energy was responding to over 140 outages affecting nearly 8,000 customers across eastern Iowa.

Manchester City Manager Tim Vick says Manchester residents can bring their storm debris – including tree branches, limbs and brush – to the curb. City crews will stop by to pick up the debris sometime this week.

You can find several photos of the storm damage from our listeners below – and check out our KMCH Facebook page for more photos and storm reports.


Downed corn in Earlville area


Hutchinson truck shop roof blown off in Manchester


Fastenal building loses part of roof in Manchester


Tree limb blocking 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 flooding on North 4th Street and Walker Drive in Manchester


Gazebo at West Delaware Middle School destroyed



photos courtesy of Kayla Rubner, Craig Ingamells, Tony Ede, Jayne Schuster, Clayton Holman, Diane Ross, Jessie Lewin, Lynn Cooper


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