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A line of showers and thunderstorms tracked southeast out of Minnesota into Iowa early Sunday, July 17, 2016.  These storms brought damaging winds, heavy rains, frequent lightning, and a few brief tornadoes to the area.  Winds between 50 and 70 mph were common with the line of storms, with the worst damage occurring in the Vinton and Walford areas. Widespread rainfall amounts between a quarter and a half inch were common, with higher amounts near 1 inch reported in Buchanan county.

Later during the evening of July 17, one brief tornado touchdown occurred with a lone thunderstorm over Putnam County.  The touchdowns occurred in open fields with no damage.

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Map of tornado tracks from July, 17, 2016
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