Saturday Morning Storms Bring Strong Winds

July 20, 2019 10:35am

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Severe weather passed through northwest Iowa Saturday morning.  Several severe thunderstorm warnings were issued as a mass of storms passed from South Dakota into NW Iowa and SW Minnesota.  Winds were the major factor with these storms, with gusts over 60mph in areas, Lake Park reporting a 63mph gust. 

Reports of downed trees across the region were common, some blocking roadways; reports of limbs on power lines in and near Le Mars with one causing an electrical fire stretching Le Mars fire crews thin.  A report of lost power in Ireton came in around 9:30.  Power lines were reported down at the Sioux County Fairgrounds where livestock show times were changed because of the weather.

A semi-rollover accident was reported at the intersection of Hiway 3 and K-64 near Le Mars, however, emergency responders were delayed in providing assistance due to the severe weather.