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Severe Thunderstorms Bring Wind Damage and Large Hail to Iowa, Nebraska, Kansas

By Linda Lam
Published: September 1, 2014

Severe thunderstorms dumped large hail, damaging winds and torrential rain in the parts of Plains Sunday.

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Greg Miller, the Emergency Management Coordinator for Crawford County, Iowa, said five campers were blown over in Yellow Smoke Park. Several roads were flooded and closed in the area and one dam on farmland had failed. Over six inches of rain had drenched Crawford County, according to Miller.

The National Weather Service received a report of one person injured by lightning, but details about the severity were not available, the Des Moines Register reported.

MidAmerican Energy said more than 6,000 customers across the state had lost power.

In Sergeant Bluff, Fire Chief Anthony Gaul said the winds had sent trees falling onto homes and pulled down power lines, while the rain caused street flooding, the Sioux City Journal reported. Several people were treated for minor injuries, he said.

"This is the worst storm I've seen in 40 years here," said Mayor Pro Tem Ron Hanson.

Damaging winds destroyed a garage in Harcourt, Iowa, and snapped power poles in half near Dallas Center, Iowa. Wind gusts as high as 70 mph were clocked into the evening from central Iowa to central Kansas. 

Hailstones up to tennis-ball size were reported near Beloit and and Shaffer, Kansas, Sunday evening.

The Omaha World-Herald reported that I-29 was closed when the roof and sidewall blew off a building and into a pickup pulling a trailer. Sioux City Police Sgt. Dane Wagner said the truck toppled, but no one was injured.

In the Omaha metro area, the newspaper reported, at least eight people were rescued Sunday evening on the Elkhorn River.

In Kansas City, the Indians-Royals game was suspended due to rain.

Sunday featured the most reports of severe weather in the nation since Aug. 20, with roughly 140 reports of damaging winds, hail, and one tornado in Massachusetts.

Below are some of your reports from social media.

Information from the Associated Press was used in this report.

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