Heavy Rain and Strong Winds Hit Northeast Iowa

The National Weather Service says severe storms brought strong winds and heavy rains to portions of the area.

The heaviest rain amounts fell across Buchanan, Clayton and Delaware counties. Over two inches fell in Independence and Strawberry Point. Littleport received nearly three inches of rain and 3.33 inches was reported in Garber by 5 am Tuesday. A local resident also reported three inches of rain in the Sunset Beach area north of Manchester.

Estimated winds of 60 miles per hour were reported in the Independence area Monday night. A power pole was reported down about two miles west-northwest of Brandon. And numerous small- to medium-sized tree branches were reported down across the area.

Delaware County Emergency Management Coordinator Mike Ryan says storm damage to power lines and some homes were consistent with 40 to 50 mile per hour winds. The storm caused power outages, including in Manchester. Officials say the power outage in Manchester was fairly widespread, from the downtown area to the east side of town.

Clayton County Emergency Management reported damage in and around Guttenberg, with multiple trees down on cars, on the roadway, and on a few homes and sheds. A couple pole buildings also sustained wind damage. See photos below

There are more storm chances every day through Thursday, with more heavy rain possible. The stormy and humid pattern should break Thursday night, with more comfortable weather in the low 70’s by Friday.



photos courtesy of Clayton County Emergency Management