One Killed, Others Hurt in Severe Storms

CEDAR RAPIDS, Iowa - A line of severe thunderstorms moved into eastern Iowa on Sunday afternoon, killing one person.

The Keokuk County Sheriff's Office says one person died in Kinross as a result of Sunday's storms.

The National Weather Service indicated pea-sized hail and 70 mile-per-hour winds were possible as storms moved north from Missouri.

It gathered strength as it moved through, with a trained weather spotter in Norway reporting gusts of up to 89 mph. Those gusts were strong enough to rip the roof off of the Mahaska Health Partnership building, near the Oskaloosa Family Medical Center.

The National Weather Service confirms two tornadoes touched down, one northeast of Mount Vernon and another north of Floris.

Other tornado warnings were issued for parts of Iowa, Keokuk and Linn counties, but no tornadoes were confirmed from those warnings.

The storm also brought a lot of rain in a short period of time. In Parnell, a trained weather spotter reported 0.70 inches fell in 15 minutes and wind blew a gutter off of a house.

One person was hurt in Martinsburg when a barn blew over.

The online websites of Alliant and MidAmerican listed thousands of customers without power in Iowa, Wapello and Washington counties, among others. Service had been restored to many customers as of 8 p.m. Sunday.
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