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Monday storm blasts Adair County

Published: Tuesday, July 1, 2014 10:54 a.m. CDT • Updated: Thursday, July 3, 2014 11:56 a.m. CDT
Arnold Lewis of Stuart loses the roof of his house after a storm with damaging winds moved through Adair County Monday.
Windows on the home of Bob and Laurel Lehman are boarded up after a severe thunder storm moved through Adair Monday. The Lehman's home was punctured with quarter-sized hail produced by the storm.
Wilma Fagan of Adair rakes leaves and debris off her front lawn after a severe thunder storm Monday.
Arnold Lewis, left, surveys the damage of machine shed after a suspected but unconfirmed tornado hit his property south of Stuart around 12:30 p.m. Monday.

A storm system with severe thunderstorms moved across Iowa Monday, unleashing damaging wind, hail and flooding.

In the Creston News Advertiser coverage area, the towns of Stuart and Adair in Adair County suffered the brunt of the damage.

Bob Kempf, emergency management coordinator for Adair and Guthrie counties, said the city of Adair was the hardest hit by hail, which broke windows, punctured siding on houses and left the town covered in tree limbs and leaves.

Other damage reported are flattened or flooded crops and the possibility of a tornado near Stuart.

Kempf and State Climatologist Harry Hillaker said the National Weather Service will survey the extent of the damage in Adair and surrounding counties and determine if any was caused by a tornado. The information will be made available online at www.crh.noaa.gov/dmx/.

Six miles South of Stuart, David Doud and his son Vince Doud emerged from their basement after the storm Monday to find a 30-foot tree limb had narrowly missed the roof of their house.

“We are very lucky,” David said.

David said at the time of the storm, their was reports of winds up to 120 miles per hour in the area.

Down the road, the shed protecting John Shelley’s farm equipment had all of the doors blown off and his crops were flattened.

“It will be difficult to combine, but it might make it,” Shelley said.

Shelley shrugged off the damage and said it was minimal compared to others.

Three miles beyond Shelley’s driveway, the farm of Arnold Lewis resembled more of a war zone. Driving toward his property, large scraps of what was once a grain bin and parts of his sheds and home were found scattered through his crops. As television and newspaper reporters descended upon Lewis’s property, he quietly surveyed the damage.

The structural damage to Lewis’s property included the destruction of a machine shed, the loss of a roof on another large shed. As the rain started, stopped and started again, it entered Lewis’s house where his roof was blown off. The roof was located just yards away on the lawn.

In Adair, residents scurried to remove tree limbs and glass from a storm that produced quarter-sized hail.

Bob and Laurel Lehman of Adair said the storm moved into Adair between 12:30 and 1 p.m. The hail, which left holes on every side of their house broke two windows and cracked a third. The new solar lights throughout her property were broken beyond repair. Winds, which left their lawn covered in leaves and tree limbs also relocated their patio furniture to a lower deck.


Harry Hillaker, state climatologist said more than 300 homes suffered damage and numerous cars along I-80 were damaged from two and a-half inch diameter hail and 40 to 60 mph winds that moved through the area between 12:30 and 12:47 p.m. Monday.

Gov. Terry Branstad issued a disaster proclamation and made state resources available for Adair, Cedar, Guthrie, Jones and Linn counties Monday.

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