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National Weather Service to survey possible tornado damage, many still without power

Published: Jul. 15, 2021 at 6:20 AM CDT
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CEDAR RAPIDS, Iowa (KCRG) - The National Weather Service on Thursday will send crews to several areas in Eastern Iowa where possible tornados touched down during Wednesday night’s storms.

The NWS said at least 12 tornadoes were confirmed in central Iowa.

The Oelwein Community School District posted photos on their Facebook page showing damage done to Husky Stadium after they say a tornado hit just north of the Oelwein High School.

The district said siding was ripped off the building and scattered around.

The storm also took down some power lines as it came through. The district thanked the fire department for helping clean and secure the area. It also warned residents to stay clear of the area until power lines can be repaired.

People in Southeast Waverly are also dealing with storm damage. Many trees were damaged or uprooted during the storm. Powerlines were down along some rural roads.

Waverly resident Jack Widner said he tried to survey the damage and check in on his neighbor, but there was too much damage to reach him.

“I was worried about our neighbor,” Widner said. “I couldn’t find his house, I found his shed was torn apart down there, but I couldn’t find his house and I couldn’t find the other neighbor’s house. All I could find was trees.”

Multiple fire-trucks and law enforcement vehicles responded to the area.

Storm chaser Hunter Fowkes shared images and video of a tornado that touched down near Stanhope, Iowa, just southeast of Fort Dodge. He said in a Tweet the tornado lasted for more than 20 minutes.

Tornadoes were also reported in southeast Manchester. No injuries have been reported, but there was damage in the area. A Casey’s General Store sustained damage to windows, gas pumps. Vehicles at the store were also damaged. The storm also took down a livestock auction building.

The Delaware County Fair was happening as the storms pushed through. KMCH’s Rob Edwards said they were having a Christian concert Wednesday night, along with a lot of other events at the fair grounds.

“Everyone was evacuated, sent to their safe spaces at the Delaware County Rec Center and the West Delaware Middle Schools, and at last report, there were no injuries there, but we’ll be getting reports later from the fair manager,” Edwards said.

Storms also produced several tornadoes in Calhoun County. Lake City sustained damage, but no injuries were reported. KCCI reported that officials are asking people to avoid the area due to downed power lines.

Some people across Iowa are still without power Thursday morning after the storms.

As of 6 a.m. MidAmerican is reporting a total of 911 customers without power across Iowa, with the majority being in Fort Dodge.

See user submitted photos of Wednesday night’s storm here.

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