Morning storms move through eastern Iowa, bringing hail and strong winds

Published: Jul. 11, 2020 at 10:11 AM CDT
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CEDAR RAPIDS, Iowa (KCRG) - A small line of severe thunderstorms cut across eastern Iowa on Saturday morning, dropping large hail and causing some wind damage.

Several reports of hail of 1 to 1.5 inches in diameter have been received, along with wind gusts in excess of 50 mph. Areas from New Hampton, to Indpendence, to northeastern Linn County, to Tipton were all in the path of the storm and saw similar reports.

Over 5,400 people were without power in the wake of the storms for a brief period on Saturday morning, but power to most customers had been restored as of early afternoon.

A second round of storms, which could again be strong to severe, appears likely this afternoon and evening, generally redeveloping after 2:00 p.m. The threat for the additional round of storms would be from strong winds and large hail, along with the possibility of an isolated tornado.

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