Severe thunderstorms rumbled across much of Iowa Wednesday afternoon, bringing street flooding in some areas, hail dings on cars and scattered power outages. Rod Donovan, a meteorologist at the National Weather Service, says the damage was mostly minor in sections of southwest, central and northern Iowa.
Donovan says there was quarter-sized hail and winds up to 70-miles-an-hour in the Des Moines metro area, knocking down tree limbs and parts of trees. The storms came with much-needed rain and left behind much cooler weather which should remain for the next several days.
Highs will be in the 70s and 80s while overnight lows may reach into the 40s and 50s for Friday and Saturday mornings. Forecasters say there is another chance for rain on Saturday night, into Sunday. It’s a welcome change after July went down as one of Iowa’s hottest, driest months on record during one of the worst droughts in decades.
By Pat Powers, KQWC, Webster City