Riding The Storm Out

photo Lisa Robins

Severe weather struck a broad area of northwest Iowa, northeast Nebraska, and southeast South Dakota.

Storm reports from the area late yesterday afternoon and evening include:The National Weather Service says Severe Thunderstorm wind gusts estimated at 70 m.p.h. or above were reported at Elk Point, S.D., West of Jefferson, S.D., at the Sheldon airport; and an estimated 80 m.p.h. wind south of Little Rock, Iowa.

Damage reports from the storms included multiple semi-trucks flipped between Elk Point and Jefferson; Large branches and power lines down northwest of Sioux City; Trees uprooted or snapped, and a roof blown off near Little Rock; and several homes and outbuildings completely destroyed southwest of Rock Valley. Outbuildings were damaged or destroyed south of Orange City,

Sioux County Emergency Management Director Nate Huizenga says power lines and trees were blown down in scattered areas of the county, mainly from Hawarden to Rock Valley, and west of Orange City. Straight line winds were the most likely cause of the damage.

A second wave of storms came through the area, with strong winds blowing down trees and power lines in Ponca, Wakefield, Newcastle and Allen, in Dixon County, Nebraska. and damage to a large machine shed was was reported near Primghar, in O’Brien County, and winds were reported at an estimated 87 miles per hour at Larchwood, in Lyon County..

High heat and humidity during the day provided fuel for the storms.  High temperatures yesterday hit 97 in Le Mars, Storm Lake and Sheldon, 95 at Maurice, and 94 in Cherokee.


Please e-mail any storm photos you may have to klemnews@powellbroadcasting.com