450,000+ Iowans without power following Monday’s storms
CEDAR RAPIDS, Iowa (KCRG) - About 450,000 customers are still without power following a line of severe thunderstorms moved through eastern Iowa on Monday afternoon with hurricane-force winds.
Power companies and emergency management officials say people should prepare to be without power for several days because of the extent of the damage. A few thousand extra power crews have been called in to help get power restored.
The most significant damage appeared to be from north of the U.S. Highway 30 corridor to the Interstate 80 corridor. Reports of wind gusts between 70 and 110 mph were relayed to the National Weather Service by storm spotters and emergency managers along the Highway 30 corridor.
Travel is not advised in the affected areas. If possible, stay at home for now to allow emergency responders to perform needed tasks. Do not call 911 for non-emergency calls like a power outage or damage in your area. Call your electric company or use their websites to submit power outage reports.
The Cedar Rapids Police issued the following statement:
“There is both widespread and significant damage throughout Cedar Rapids from the severe thunderstorms that moved through the metro area between 12:30-1:30 p.m.
There is property damage to both homes and businesses in all parts of the city. Trees and power lines are down throughout the city, making many major roads impassable.
For your safety, we ask that you stay home if you can safely do so. Call 911 only for life-threatening situations like someone is injured, there is a fire, or other threat to life.
The Police Department and Fire Department have called in emergency staffing so that public safety personnel can respond to life-threatening emergencies.
The City of Cedar Rapids has enacted its Incident Management Team and we will provide further updates as they become available.”
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