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Early Season Storm Causes Considerable Damage

March 9, 2017
by Dan Voigt , Emmetsburg News

An early-season thunderstorm late Monday afternoon caused considerable damage to homes and vehicles in the Cylinder area. No reports of personal injury were received by authorities in the storm, which struck around 4:15 p.m.

A fast-moving, narrow thunderstorm line, featuring winds estimated in excess of 50 miles per hour, were accompanied by torrential rain fall and hail.

"It rained for a bit, and then it quit and the wind let up, and then the hail started,"?noted Terry Luiken, who lives two miles north of Cylinder on U.S. Highway 18. "The hail started as pea size, and then for about a minute, these huge hailstones just came flying out of the south and really beat things up."

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SIZE?COMPARISON - Terry Luiken scooped up this bowl full of the hailstones that pummeled her home, and then added a golf ball for comparison. The photo was sent to KTIV television in Sioux City to illustrate the intensity of the storm Monday afternoon. -- submitted photo

Luiken reported a broken window, along with damage to siding on her home, as well as dents on her vehicle.

A similar report of damage came from Chuck and Deb Hite, who live just a couple miles west of Luiken.

"The siding on the south side of the house has holes punched in it from the hail,"?Deb Hite reported. "It's pretty extensive."

Karmen Gappa of Cylinder received a phone call from one of her daughters who was at home in Cylinder during the storm, reporting two windows had been broken by hailstones.

Varying reports of damage include broken windows, shingle and siding damage to varying degrees, as well as to vehicles.

The shifting weather patterns that brought high winds during the first part of the week now promise snow over the weekend.



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