Storm causes power outages, damage in north Iowa
MASON CITY, Iowa (AP) — A power spring storm system raking the Midwest has left thousands without power in northern Iowa and damaged some homes and businesses.
The Mason City Globe Gazette reports that nearly 19,000 Alliant Energy customers were without power by midday Thursday in the area, including the communities in and around Brit, Garner, Forest City, Mason City and Northwood.
Heavy rain, hail and high winds gusting to 60 mph pummeled the area Wednesday night into Thursday.
The Iowa State Patrol reports that Interstate 35 northbound near Latimer was closed for a time Thursday morning after winds blew a semitrailer over.
A chance of rain through Thursday evening has been forecast, with the possibility of snow early Friday morning as the temperature drops into the high 20s.
The National Weather Service expects the area to return to spring temperatures Monday, with a high near 60 degrees.
Information from: Globe Gazette, http://www.globegazette.com/