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Storm damage to farm field in Clarke County (WHO-HD)

Storm damage to farm field in Clarke County (WHO-HD)

CLARKE COUNTY, Iowa — Clean-up is still underway in central Iowa after strong winds damaged homes, farms, and trees early Sunday morning.

Wind gusts hit 80-miles an hour at time and swept many things out of the way.

That was the case in Clarke County, four miles west of Osceola. About 80 train cars derailed because of straight line winds. It happened along 180th Street, about five miles west of I-35.

An engineer at the scene, said the cars usually carry coal but were empty when the wind blew them over.

No one was hurt.

Just 100 yards away from those train tracks, even more damage was found.

The owners of a farm say they woke up to the sound of strong winds but had no idea how bad things were until sunrise.

The storm destroyed their new barn and blew the roof off of another. Debris scattered into a soybean field the family hoped to finish planting this week.

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