Several Rounds of Storms Hit Eastern Iowa

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.


photo courtesy of KCRG – old train depot fire at Scotch Grove

photo courtesy of Joe Hoeger – lightning strike at farm south of Delhi


photo courtesy of Melissa Stone – North 5th Street in Manchester


photo courtesy of KGAN/Allison Sattizahn – Quasqueton


photo courtesy of KGAN/Dave Holub, Sr. – Anamosa