Quick news: Strong thunderstorm hits Creston

Published: Friday, Sept. 20, 2013 11:22 a.m. CDT • Updated: Friday, Sept. 20, 2013 11:39 a.m. CDT

A strong line of severe thunderstorms swept through the state Thursday afternoon bringing high winds reaching 55 mph, lightning and heavy rain. The storm hit Creston shortly after 4 p.m.

Heavy rains punished city streets. The National Weather Service reports Creston received .73 inches of rainfall in less than 30 minutes. A tree limb fell and snapped a power line in the 900 block of West Mills Street in Creston during the storm. (See picture right).

However, no other major damage or power outages were reported.

The Des Moines area took the brunt of the storm as Mid American Energy reported about 40,000 customers lost power in the metro. High winds also blew the roof off an elementary school in Grimes.

Food stamp reduction?

WASHINGTON (MCT) — House Republicans narrowly approved deep reductions to the food stamp program Thursday that would reduce or eliminate benefits for nearly 4 million Americans — setting up an all but certain showdown with the Senate.

The White House said the president would veto the legislation if it survived the Senate. Democrats argued that seniors and active duty military families would be kicked off of the food-stamp program and free school lunches would end for more than 200,000 children. The House approved the bill 217-210, with more than a dozen Republicans opposed and no Democrats in favor.

The average monthly food stamp benefit is $133 per person, or $275 per household, according to the U.S. Agriculture Department.

Full coverage week

Creston News Advertiser will host its full coverage week starting Monday and it will run through Friday. Every household inside the city of Creston, subscribers and non-subscribers, will have the Creston News Advertiser delivered to their door.

Each day more than 7,000 newspapers will be printed at Creston Publishing Company and distributed by CNA carriers. Subscription specials are available next week.

New subscribers can buy one month for $13.50 and get one month free. The offer is valid Sept. 23 through Oct. 4 by stopping into the CNA at 503 W. Adams St., or by calling 641-782-2141.

Balloon Days 5K

Southern Prairie YMCA is hosting a Balloon Days 5K run/walk 8 a.m. Saturday at McKinley Park. Last year, 123 runners registered for the event. Participants may register up until the race Saturday. Cost is $20.

The fee includes a T-shirt. There will also be a fun run for all children. Cost is $5 and distance will be determine after registration closes.

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