Severe Storms Move Through Delaware County Early Sunday

Severe storms moved through eastern Iowa early Sunday.

Severe thunderstorm warnings were issued for every county in the KMCH listening area at some point overnight, including Buchanan, Delaware, Fayette, Linn, Jones, Clayton and Dubuque counties.

The National Weather Service says 63 mph wind gusts were reported in Manchester and Independence shortly before 3 am during an intense downburst in the storm.

The severe winds collapsed part of a storage/truck shed at Simon’s Grain and Feed in Manchester. Delaware County Emergency Management reported several trees down on Delhi Road in Manchester. A number of downed tree branches could be seen around Manchester on Sunday morning, with several Alliant Energy trucks making their way around town.

Large hail was a threat as the storm warnings were issued, but the National Weather Service says only penny-sized hail was reported in Buchanan County four miles west of Stanley around 1 am.

Heavy rain also fell with the storms. Delaware County Emergency Management reported 4.25 inches of rain in Manchester by 4:30 am Sunday. A resident south of Manchester reported to KMCH nearly five and a half inches of rain by 9 am Sunday.


photos courtesy of Janelle Tucker/KMCH