VINTON, Iowa - In the two years since a powerful wind storm hit Vinton, the city has recovered well. However, resident Teresa Kuhn recalls how quickly the storm crept in.
"It was scary," said Kuhn, recalling the indescribable feeling of seeing the damage done by 100 mile-per-hour straightline winds.
"It was crazy. It was just like a bomb hit."
Luckily, the damage to her home was mostly cosmetic. She had to replace some siding and a garage door. But the scary part was that the storm left her and other residents with little time to prepare.
"There was no warning, no nothing, it was just all of the sudden the wind was on, and we were stuck in the house, and we don't have a basement," said Kuhn.
City Coordinator Andy Lent wants to put weather radios in more homes, increasing awareness of severe weather, and decreasing the chance of people getting caught off-guard. Residents gathered at the Vinton Recreation Center on Saturday morning, standing in line to get their own weather radios from KCRG-TV9's First Alert Storm Team.
"After the windstorm, we really stressed that people be prepared for emergency and severe weather," Lent said, reminding people that outdoor sirens don't always reach everyone. "They're meant for people outdoors. And indoors, you may not hear the siren, and the weather radio you will hear when it goes off."
The city has replaced about 200 trees, working off a grant through the Benton County Community Foundation and Trees Forever.