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High Winds Cause Damage Across the Midwest

26 Dec 2016, 5:20 pm

Sioux City, IA – By the looks of it, one would think that some cities in the Midwest had been hit by a tornado Christmas evening. It was weather that is usually seen in Spring thunderstorms, but instead struck Sunday evening. Wind gusts over 55-mph impacted cities in Nebraska and Iowa, causing power outages and other damage.

In Hastings, Nebraska, the consignment antique store at 450 W. Second St. suffered significant damage from the high wind that blew through the area. At the Hastings Municipal Airport a wind gusts of 71-mph was measured at 6:41 p.m.

Winds in Wayne and Norfolk, Nebraska nearly reached 70-mph, prompting the National Weather Service to issue high wind warnings.

Shortly before 10 p.m. central time in Le Mars, Iowa, strong wind gusts over 70-mph blew the roof off of the Pro Alignment and Tires building. The roof landed on high-voltage power lines, knocking out power in the northwest part of Le Mars.

According to Mid American Energy, the wind knocked out power to over five thousand customers across the Sioux City, Iowa area, including the city of Le Mars. Additional crews were sent from Des Moines and Council Bluffs to help fix the outages in the area.

By Monday afternoon, power had been restored to most customers that were impacted Sunday evening.

-Story Image: Nathan Arthur Mordick

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