Friday, June 30, 2017

Tornadoes, Damage Reported As Severe Weather Strikes Iowa, Wisconsin

Pam Wright and Ada Carr
Published: June 29,2017

There were 26 reports of tornadoes Wednesday in four states as severe weather struck the Midwest.
The storms caused at least two injuries and damage to dozens of homes and farm buildings. Thursday the National Weather Service confirmed two EF1 tornadoes in the Belvidere, Illinois, area.
In rural Pierce County, Wisconsin, at least one person was injured when an EF1 tornado destroyed numerous buildings and downed trees, according to the Pierce County Herald.
Trees were uprooted and snapped and several homes sustained roof damage, according to NWS. A truck was pushed out of a garage and flipped onto the front yard.
In Green County, Wisconsin, two EF1 tornadoes caused damages throughout the area. A barn and pole shed were destroyed and four homes were damaged, NWS reports. A camper was rolled into a pond and a trailer was flipped.
(FORECAST: More Rounds of Midwest Severe Storms)
Germantown, Wisconsin, resident Carrie Cross told that she was cooking Wednesday night when a large tree was downed onto the roof of her mobile home.
"I had been sitting at the kitchen table," said Cross. "I was looking outside and all of the sudden the house shook. My boyfriend's son had just walked out of the bedroom when the tree fell.  I was in shock basically, and I was happy none of us were in that room at the particular time."
In Prairieburg, Iowa, a confirmed EF2 tornado knocked out power for much of the town. It also heavily damaged a grain elevator, knocked down power lines and damaged several farm buildings, according to the Cedar Rapids Gazette. One person was injured and several houses were destroyed, reports KWWL.
Strong winds took down trees in Clayton and a mixture of baseball and teacup-sized hail were reported in Shenandoah, according to the NWS.

An EF0 tornado touched down near the town of Stuart, Iowa, and another EF1 twister kicked up debris south of Pleasantville. Teams from the National Weather Service continue to survey the damage to determine if the damage was indeed caused by tornadoes.
A house caught on fire in Winchester, Kansas, after lightning struck improperly equipped grounding rods, NWS reports. The southeast corner of the home was damaged.
Significant flash flooding occurred in Missouri, with reports of cows floating across a highway east of Maryville and a water rescue, according to the NWS.
Winds also posed a problem in the Show-Me State. Two trees were downed, one landing on top of a home and another across Highway 185 in Franklin County, NWS reports.
Flooding was reported in Harrison County, Mississippi, on U.S. Highway 49 and on Seaway, Canal and Pass roads.
MORE: May 2017 Severe Weather Outbreak in Plains, Midwest

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