While most football games on Friday were delayed, area towns were subjected to torrential rains and strong winds. In Belmond on Friday night, the Lake Mills Bulldogs could not escape the ferocity of the storm as it first moved through Belmond on its way to the rest of northern Iowa. The game was delayed one hour and 35 minutes as the field was allowed to dry somewhat prior to the teams taking the field. Garner was subjected to the same storm. only it appeared to be strengthening as it moved northward. Forest City saw a dramatic lightning display as they had to delay the football game there for over an hour. Winds were also a factor as they began to pick up as the storm intensified. As the storm began to move into northern Winnebago County, winds were believed to be in excess of 40 miles an hour and were responsible for the downing of trees and utility poles and lines. Several people in Lake Mills found downed trees in their yards and streets.
The National Weather Service has yet to state whether the damage was caused by straight line winds from a microburst as the damage there is still being assessed. Other locations including farms and gravel roads saw damage there too. A strong low pressure system and unstable upper air masses are said to be the reason for the storms which are now plaguing the Great Lakes and Eastern seaboard.
The weather service is calling for rain chances to increase in the area to 20% by Wednesday with the strongest chances for thunderstorms to enter the area on Thursday. Forecasters are calling for a 50% chance by then although the strength and severity are too far off to determine at this time.
Northern Iowa was not the only hardest hit location by the unusually strong late summer storms. A storm spotter remains hospitalized in Sioux City after lightning struck him as storms moved across several Midwest states Sunday night leaving power outages, trees down and campers overturned.
Hardest hit in Iowa was the Denison area where Crawford County Emergency Management Director Gregory Miller says five travel trailers were overturned at Yellow Smoke Park. No injuries were reported. Miller says winds of at least 70 miles an hour knocked down trees and blew down outbuildings on two farms. Denison and areas to the south saw flash flooding from heavy rain.
In Nebraska, Omaha officials rescued eight people from the fast-moving Elkhorn River and some buildings were damaged by strong winds. In Kansas City, the Indians-Royals game was suspended due to rain.