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Storm mostly misses Emmet

By Staff | Jul 20, 2010

Saturday’s storm which swept through northwest Iowa mostly missed Emmet County.

While Dickinson and Palo Alto counties experienced high winds, only the extreme southwest portion of Emmet County suffered damage.

According to Emmet County Farm Service Agency Director Larry Niles, who talked with a couple area producers Monday morning, about 4-6 sections received pea- to marble-size hail.

“The corn was the least affected with maybe a 25 percent loss of yield depending on how the rest of the summer goes,” Niles said. “The soybeans were affected anywhere from 40 to 75 percent.”

Niles estimates from 10 to 12 Emmet County producers were affected.

He said the rain was heaviest in the western portion of the county with up to an inch and a half with the rains tailing off to a half inch-plus in the eastern side of the county.

In Dickinson County, Emergency Management Director Mike Ehret said Saturday’s winds were estimated at 50-60 miles with some gusts reaching 80 to 100 miles. The majority of the storm occurred between 10 p.m. and midnight.

“We did record a 97 mile-per-hour gust at our station six miles west of Spirit Lake,” Ehret said.

Ehret said several trees were blown down in the Montgomery and Tri-boji area.

In some areas power poles were snapped off.

Ehret said Alliant Energy reported over 500 of its customers lost power.

The energy company’s Web site said 24 Dickinson County customers were still without power Monday evening, but that number dropped to two by 9 p.m.

Ehret said country crews went out at midnight to clear streets. One gravel road was closed down due to a downed power line.

In Emmet County, Emergency Management Director Terry Reekers said campers took shelter, but the storm mostly missed the county.

“We were definitely on the edge of the worst stuff,” he said.