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Tipton Hit By Straight-Line Winds

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 TIPTON, IA -- "Never, never have I ever seen a storm like this," said Jerri Daebelliehn, a life-long Tipton resident. She says this storm is the worst she's ever seen. The storm was roaring so loud, it drowned out the sound of the large tree falling in front of her house.

Around 3:30 Tuesday afternoon, the tornado sirens sounded. Many residents say they rushed to their basements to take cover. According to the National Weather Service, straight line winds hit Tipton at 66 to 68 miles per hour. The storm lasted for 23 minutes.

Jerri's husband, Rod Daebelliehn, was at the landfill when the storm began. He said, "Shingles were blowing off the roof out there and we were quite nervous. By the time we got back, all this had happened."

Their home had no power, and for Rod, that's life-threatening since he needs to use a dialysis machine every night. The Tipton city manager went to Rod's home and told him to bring his dialysis machine to the fire station where there was still power.

Rod says neighbors helping neighbors is what makes him proud of his little city. "Things like that make you feel so happy to live in Tipton."

The city and the people of Tipton are working together to pick up the pieces after the storm.

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