Storm kills one person


One person was killed in storms in Southeast Iowa Sunday afternoon.  CNN reports one person was killed in Kinross in KeokukCounty.  The Keokuk County Sheriff’s department has also confirmed the death, but the identity of the victim has not been released.

A very strong thunderstorm packing high winds, funnel clouds, tornadoes hail and heavy rain pounded the Ottumwa/Oskaloosa area Sunday afternoon shortly after 3:00 p.m.

The National Weather Service in Johnston received   wind damage reports near Drakesville, Ottumwa, Oskaloosa, Blakesburg and Floris.

The NWS says funnel clouds were reported 3 miles West of Ottumwa, and in Floris with a tornado also reported in Floris.

Ottumwa radio received a report of several people being injured while attending an auction on west Mary Street.  Reports say the injuries were caused by a fence that was blown about by the high wind.  A car was damaged near City Hall after a large tree was blown over.  A possible twister was reported on the Hut Road near the intersection of Hut road and Albia road.  Some damage was reported there.

Several thousand residents were without power throughout Ottumwa following the storm.

In Oskaloosa an Out clinic of the Mahaksa County Health center received considerable damage after the roof was blown off the building.  In Keokuk County damage was reported in the Martinsburg area.  A semi was blown over on highway 63 between Ottumwa and Oskaloosa.

You can look for damage photos on Ottumwa Radio’s facebook.


UPDATE:  One person in Keokuk County was killed Sunday afternoon following a line of strong thunderstorms that moved across southeast Iowa.  The victim who has not been identified lived in rural Kinross.  The sheriff’s office also received another report of a resident that was severely injured after being trapped under a barn that collapse near Martinsburg.  Initial storm damage was reported to power lines down between Hedrick and Martinsburg along highway 149.  Also several farm buildings were damaged and flown onto the highway and numerous homes were damaged in Martinsburg.