This morning we wrote about the severe storms that moved through eastern Iowa on Sunday evening. You can find the comprehensive write up with storm photos here!
On Monday morning, the National Weather Service Davenport office sent out a survey crew to near the Dubuque area to check on the extent of the damage from Sunday evening. They concluded that the damage observed was not caused by a tornado but by straight line winds. In Dubuque County, three different swaths of wind gusts containing 70-90 mph wind gusts with isolated 100 mph wind gusts caused significant damage.
Two injuries occurred when an anchored mobile home was destroyed 4 miles south of Epworth. Another injury occurred near Bernard where a barn was partially destroyed and trees snapped off. Luckily all of the injuries are non life threatening. (Note above where it says 4 injuries: that number was preliminary).
Two people died on Sunday from wind damage across the country when trees snapped and fell on them, one in Connecticut and one in Peoria, IL.
It goes to show that not only tornado warnings need to be taken seriously but also severe thunderstorms warnings. Straight line winds can cause significant damage and can be a threat to human life.