Strong Storms Caused Wind Damage, Flash Flooding

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Severe storms and heavy rain have come to an end in Central Iowa and continue to move east. Storms late Thursday night brought heavy downpours and strong winds late Thursday. A number of wind gusts greater than 60 mph were reported during the evening. A few trees and large branches were also reported down in communities, including Grimes and West Des Moines. There was also a report of some powerlines down in Urbandale due to the strong winds.

Rainfall amounts in the last 24  hours were quite high in a number of locations. Ames saw some of the heaviest rain with 4” falling there since 4 AM on Thursday. Marshalltown also saw nearly 4”. The Des Moines International Airport came in with 1.27” of rain.

Friday will remain mostly cloudy with a few isolated showers at times. Temperatures will not be as hot with daytime highs in the low to mid 80s. Clouds clear out overnight and skies will be sunny for the first weekend of the Fair. Temperatures will be in the mid 80s.