The town of Adel was on the leading edge of Thursday’s storm as it blew into the metro.
And it packed a punch when it hit.
Trees were brought down crashing onto parked cars, houses and power lines.
Heavy rain quickly flooded streets and slowed traffic down.
At Fusion Church, high winds were the problem.
The walls of a storage building were blown out and the furniture inside was tossed onto the lawn.
“I went to the elementary and it was dark in there and there were kids everywhere. There are power lines down at our house so we can’t even get there. The power out is everywhere so we’ve just been checking out all the trees are down,” explained mom, Kelly Hutzell.
“It’s not been fun, especially with kids.”
Adel had 1,400 customers without power as of 9 p.m. Thursday but they’re not the only ones in the dark.
At the height of the storm, 39,000 homes were without power across the metro.
MidAmerican crews were dispatched as soon as the storms hit and say power should be back within 24-48 hours for everybody.