Storms bring hail, winds to Iowa

News, Weather

June 29th, 2012 by Ric Hanson

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — Strong storms produced hail, rain and strong winds and causing power outages as they rolled across Iowa Friday afternoon and evening. The National Weather Service says the storms hit central Iowa Friday afternoon with one-inch diameter hail reported in DeSoto along with 50-mph winds, just after 3-p.m., hail up to 2 1/2-inches in diameter in Newton, and winds of 72 mph near Grinnell, where a semitrailer had jackknifed on Interstate 80. Officials say winds toppled a barn near Searsboro. There are no reports of injuries.

Power outages were reported in Des Moines, where 2,200 customers of MidAmerican Energy were without power Friday afternoon. The storms moved into eastern Iowa, where Alliant Energy reported over 19,000 customers without power in Benton, Iowa and Linn counties. Officials say power lines blowing down and trees falling on lines are to blame for most of the problems.