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105 MPH Winds Clocked In Durant, Iowa Storm

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Was it a tornado that struck eastern Iowa Tuesday morning? Even though a Tornado Warning was issued for part of the TV6 viewing area, the National Weather Service says it was more likely the work of a powerful downburst.

The NWS has been investigating the storm that hit hardest in Durant, Iowa. Preliminary results show that at 3:32 a.m. June 17, 2014, a downburst with wind speeds of 95 to 105 mph beared down on southwestern Cedar County town. It lasted only about six minutes, but was strong enough to uproot or snap trees as large as four feet in diameter.

Trees fell on several houses and street lights and power poles were also snapped. The NWS says on the west edge of town, a truck trailer was flipped over. There was also some minor damage to condominimums and a few windows were broken. No injuries were reported.

KWQC-TV6 Meteorologist Kevin Phelps explains a downburst is when a column of air sinks rapidly to the surface and disperses in all directions as straightline winds.

Several other communities in Iowa and western Illinois had damaged trees, homes and farm buildings as well as power outages. The NWS says that was the result of severe thunderstorms.


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