Iowa Thunderstorms Blamed for Fire, Other Damage

June 10, 2011

Thunderstorms that moved through eastern Iowa are being blamed for a house fire and hail and wind damage to cars, homes and trees.

In North Liberty, fire officials say a lightning strike likely started a house fire around 10:40 p.m. on June 8. The resident made it out safely.

In Cedar Rapids, more than 5,800 customers lost power for a time, and high winds knocked over a semitrailer. Several roads were blocked by fallen trees and limbs.

In southern Black County, sheriff’s deputies reported that a tornado damaged a farm field around 5:30 p.m. The tornado’s presence hasn’t been confirmed yet.

Quarter-sized hail was reported elsewhere in the county.

The National Weather Service says three-quarters of an inch of rain fell overnight in Des Moines.

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