Several rounds of strong storms moved through eastern Iowa late Thursday afternoon into Friday morning.
The first round of storms on Thursday afternoon brought a sharp drop in temperature around 3 pm – with the temp in Manchester dropping from about 88 degrees to 68 within an hour. The storms also brought some strong wind gusts and hail. Penny-sized hail was reported about three miles south of Manchester. Larger hail – up to one and a half inches – that’s ping-pong ball-sized – was reported in Quasqueton and west of Monticello.
The storms brought down tree limbs just northwest of Monticello. And a lightning strike apparently caused a fire at the old train depot in Scotch Grove, destroying the building, which was unoccupied.
More storms developed between 5 and 6 pm, leading to several severe thunderstorm warnings for portions of Buchanan, Delaware and Dubuque counties.
And another round hit this morning, causing some tree damage in parts of Manchester – with a large tree reported down on Seeley Street. A lightning strike started a tree on fire at the Joe Hoeger farm south of Delhi. And a barn, silo and power lines were damaged a few miles south of Brandon.
Rainfall totals have ranged from three-quarters of an inch in Manchester to an inch and a half in Elkader.
Storm chances are in the forecast again this afternoon and tonight.