Iowa early News Headlines: Thu., June 13th 2013


June 13th, 2013 by Ric Hanson

Here is the latest Iowa news from The Associated Press

BELMOND, Iowa (AP) — Weather officials say multiple tornadoes have touched ground in northern Iowa, causing damage to homes and businesses. The National Weather Service says spotters reported yesterday at least two tornados on the ground alongside one another near Hampton in Franklin County. Another tornado was reported near Belmond in nearby Wright County.

BELMOND, Iowa (AP) — The owner of a restaurant in northern Iowa says a tornado has “demolished” part of his business. Duwayne Abel, owner of Cattleman’s Steaks and Provisions in Belmond, says a tornado swooped in yesterday through his business’ parking lot. He says the south side of the building is “pretty much demolished.” Abel says no one was in the restaurant when the tornado hit.

BELMOND, Iowa (AP) — Alliant Energy says more than 1,200 customers in northern Iowa are without power due to severe weather affecting the region. The company says crews are working to restore power in the Belmond area in Wright County after severe weather damaged transmission and distribution lines. Alliant spokesman Justin Foss says it may take several hours for power to be restored.

IOWA CITY, Iowa (AP) — Police say a suspicious package that was destroyed in Iowa City was an electronic art piece. Iowa City officials said yesterday that the package that was destroyed by a bomb squad Sunday evening was a piece created by artist Russell Jaffe. The Johnson County bomb squad used a water cannon to destroy the item.