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Storms Hit Northwest Iowa

(Le Mars) -- Shortly after three o'clock this afternoon, what was a calm day turned very quickly into a stormy day with tornado sightings in Sioux, O'Brien, Cherokee, and Clay counties.  Le Mars may have missed the brunt of the storm damage, but we did receive some heavy rains.   At the KLEM studios, our rain gauge showed that an inch and two tenths of rain fell within a 45 minute time span.  Reports of tree limbs being down are reported in the Orange City and Alton areas.  Also there was a report of walnut-size hail that fell on Craig this afternoon. Since the storm arrived at nearly the same time as school was to be dismissed, Dr. Todd Wendt, the superintendent of Le Mars Community Schools gave the order to hold the school children at the schools until the storm passed by.  

KLEM's Angela Drake was in Alton during this afternoon's storm and has this report....

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Possible Kidnapping in Cherokee County

(Cherokee) -- Cherokee County Sheriff's Department is looking for a white utility or cargo van possibily associated with a kidnapping.  Sheriff Dave Scott says in a news release a concerned citizen contacted the sheriff's office after  seeing a young child in the back of the van with his hands tied and banging on the window.  Two male subjects were seen driving the van.  The van was last seen heading north on Highway 59 from the 59 and 3 intersection.  The Iowa State Patrol has aircraft currently in the air assisting with the search.  At this time, Cherokee County does not have any reports of a missing child.  If you happen to see a suspicious white cargo van, you are asked to call the Cherokee Sheriff's office or dial 9-1-1.

   

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