More severe thunderstorms rolled across Iowa overnight, along with high winds that caused roof damage on a number of homes in the western Iowa town of Sloan. National Weather Service meteorologist Miles Schumacher says the storms brought heavy rain, flash flooding and large hail in some areas.
While several cities reported strong winds with gusts up to 60 and 70 miles an hour, Schumacher says the town of Callender reported 100-mile an hour winds. There are numerous reports of trees and tree limbs down, some bringing power outages. Schumacher says Callender also had property damage.
“It knocked trees down onto houses and flattened mailbox posts, the wind was that strong,” he says. While temperatures have been well below normal lately, a warm-up is on the way and should arrive before the 4th of July weekend. He says we should notice a change within a few hours — and definitely by mid-week.
Warmer weather will be here by Wednesday while Thursday and Friday may have heat indices around 100-degrees. See more detail on the forecast at weather-dot-gov.
By Pat Powers, KQWC, Webster City