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Severe storms once again impact western Iowa

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July 8th, 2024 by Ric Hanson

Severe storms that moved over the Omaha/Council Bluffs area Sunday evening moved into western Iowa, bringing penny to golf ball-size hail to the Crescent area. Several funnel clouds were observed as well, including this one near Minden at around 6:50-p.m. (Photo courtesy of Zach Ploen).

The National Weather Service reports a personal weather station six-miles NE of Orient (Adair County) recorded a 64 mph gust of wind at around 9:34-p.m., Sunday, as storms moved into the County. Hail three-quarters (.75) of inch in diameter was reported one-mile NW of Shenandoah at around 9:36-p.m., Sunday. A funnel cloud was observed by Shelby County Emergency Management at around 6:50-p.m. one-mile NW of Shelby. Hail the size of ping-pong balls (1.5 inches in diameter) fell 4 miles NE of Council Bluffs at around 6:57-p.m. A few minutes earlier, the hail had been the size of half dollar coins.