Second Round of Storms Brings Wind Damage to Eastern Iowa

Wednesday night’s storms brought wind damage across eastern Iowa.

The Ryan Fire Department reported a wind speed of 89 miles per hour one mile west of Ryan around 6:30 pm. Dubuque County Emergency Management reported 78 mile per hour wind gusts in Holy Cross. And other wind reports included 75 miles per hour in Oneida, 72 miles per hour southwest of Dyersville and 70 miles per hour in Edgewood and Garber.

A Tornado Warning was issued for portions of Linn, Jones, Delaware, and Dubuque counties for a brief spin up tornado near Springville. A short time later, a spotter reported that the tornado had dissipated.

However, several residents in western Dubuque County reported seeing what may have been a possible tornado. Right now, those reports are unconfirmed by trained weather spotters or the National Weather Service.

Russ and Dawn Helle tell KMCH that they watched what they say appeared to be a small tornado pass through their farm, which is located about two miles west of New Vienna.

They say it took the roof off of one of their hog buildings and carried it a quarter of a mile into the field. Another building was also damaged, with a couple of power poles snapped off as well. He believes it may have been a tornado.

The farm, which belongs to Ken Helle, was also hit back in May of 1988, following almost the exact same path and taking one building back then.

Dyersville resident Heidi Huisman also posted a photo of what she says appears to be a possible tornado or perhaps a “dustnado” on Facebook. She says she was traveling on Highway 20 between Farley and Epworth at the time. 

A semi driver escaped serious injury after his semi trailer flipped on its side on Highway 20 just east of Dyersville. Traffic was re-routed north through the Farley area while crews worked at the scene. Residents in the Dyersville area also reported up to quarter-sized hail and minor wind damage.

A number of listeners also snapped some impressive photos of the front of the storm (also known as the shelf cloud) as it moved into the area…  you can check them out below, along with a photo we were able to capture of the shelf cloud moving into downtown Manchester. If you have any photos or damage reports to share, please send those to or post them to our KMCH Facebook page.

(photos courtesy of local residents)