(Le Mars) — Strong winds hit Plymouth County Saturday morning at about 9:35 a.m. causing tents to tumble, tree limbs and power lines to fall, and a semi-truck and trailer to overturn. The winds came on quickly from the north. Dust and debris was seen blowing as the winds swept across Le Mars.
Insulation panels at the new Le Mars Community Football Stadium were seen blowing across the street. At the Le Mars Farmer’s Market tents were tipped over having the vendors to move quickly to salvage their tents and sale goods.
The Oyens Fire Department and the Le Mars Fire and Rescue Department responded to three different calls within a few minutes. There were two separate reports of power lines being down causing small fires. Oyens Fire Department responded to a semi truck and livestock trailer that had overturned on county road K-64 about a half mile south of Highway 3. There were no livestock in the trailer at the time it had overturned, and the driver was able to escape without injury. The National Weather Services of Sioux Falls says wind gusts were reported blowing at speeds of excess of 50 mph. throughout northwest Iowa, with some reports near the Iowa Great Lakes of winds above 60 mph.
Sioux county authorities report no structural damage, but several tree limbs are down in Orange City. Downed power lines were reported south of Remsen, north of Oyens, and here in Le Mars near 9th Street Southeast and 4th Avenue Southeast.