Tornadoes spotted in North Iowa

2014-06-16T19:39:00Z 2014-06-17T08:43:04Z Tornadoes spotted in North Iowa Mason City Globe Gazette
June 16, 2014 7:39 pm

MASON CITY | Several tornadoes were reported in North Iowa Monday evening, but there were no initial reports of injuries.

A trained spotter reported a tornado that possibly touched down one mile northeast of Clear Lake at 6:40 p.m., according to the National Weather Service.

A wind gust of 65 mph was reported at the Mason City Municipal Airport.

The winds took down two 90-year-old oak trees at Peter Hodak's property on 300th Street about two miles west of the sugar beet plant.

"I was driving home about 10 minutes earlier then when it hit. I thought I saw something off to the southwest," Hodak said.

He parked his car in the garage and went into the house.

"It was raining and I heard some banging out in the backyard. I was so intrigued by it," he said. "In fact i had the door ajar hanging onto the screen door looking outside.

"Man, I couldn't believe it. I was hypnotized or whatever. I  should have gone to the basement again but I didn't. Ninety-year-old oak trees went down. Two barns when down. A storage shed went down."

Two garages and a machine shed were also severely damaged. 

Thankfully, Hodak said, no one was injured.

Law enforcement reported a tornado one mile south of Goddell at 6:51 p.m.

Another tornado was reported five miles northwest of Mason City at 6:58 p.m.

Outbuildings were destroyed on the Pete Hodak acreage north of the Mason City Municipal Airport. 

A flash flood warning was issued for until 3:30 a.m. Tuesday for Franklin, Winnebago, Worth, Hancock, northern Wright and Cerro Gordo counties due to heavy rain.

Nearly 8,000 Alliant Energy customers in North Iowa were without power as of 8 p.m.

Power lines and trees were down all over the area.

-- Mary Pieper


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