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A series of Pacific storms will bring strong winds, heavy rain, and mountain snow to the Pacific Northwest and northern Rockies through Sunday. Heavy rainfall and flooding is possible from the Mississippi Valley to the Deep South and Southeast U.S. this weekend and into early next week. Dry winds will prolong the fire weather threat for Southern California for several days. Read More >

WINDS OF UP TO 100 MPH CAUSE DAMAGE IN MAURICE AND CHEROKEE IOWA

Between 1230 am  and 130 am CDT on July 22, a squall line with damaging winds went through northwest Iowa.  Significant damage occurred in Maurice and Cherokee, Iowa.  Based upon a National Weather Service storm survey, it was determined that straight line winds of 80 to 100 mph occurred occurred in Maurice and Cherokee. 

Damaging winds began approximately one mile west of Maurice and moved through the town around 1230 am CDT.  These winds continued for another 6 miles east of Maurice.  One home was destroyed and person injured in Maurice.  Numeorus trees were also knocked down in the village which also caused damage to several more homes.  In addition to the 80 to 100 mph winds around Maurice, winds of 50 to 70 mph affected portions of southern Sioux County Iowa.  This included a measured wind gust of 59 mph in Orange City at 1238 am CDT.  These winds also caused damage to trees in the area.

 Around 120 am CDT, the squall line moved through Cherokee Iowa.  Winds again reached speeds of 80 to 100 mph which caused damage to buildings and knocked numerous trees.  No one was injured in Cherokee.  The damaging winds continued northeast snapping power poles and knocking down trees near Peterson Iowa.

A more detailed reported from the damage survey will be placed on the Sioux Falls National Weather Service web site later today or Friday.  Our web site can be found at https://weather.gov/siouxfalls.

If you have further questions about this severe storm and the damage that occurred, please contact the National Weather Service in Sioux Falls.