Storm damages trees, buildings in Onawa

ONAWA, Iowa (AP) — Stormy weather caused significant problems in the western Iowa city of Onawa, blowing down trees and damaging buildings.

Onawa Mayor Bob Skelton told the Sioux City Journal ( ) that strong winds damaged many trees. Awnings also were ripped off, windows broken, a stoplight was knocked down and three street lights were damaged.

A wind gust also caused the front of a car dealership to collapse, sending concrete blocks onto two late-model vehicles.

Knoepfler Chevrolet sales associate Garry Ellison says the gust lasted about 15 seconds.

No one was injured in the dealership.

Police say most damage was confined to a nine-block area in the northwest part of town.

National Weather Service meteorologist Dave Fobert says damage apparently was caused by a thunderstorm and not a tornado.


Information from: Sioux City Journal,

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