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 (http://bit.ly/11Ey0oB ) 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, http://www.siouxcityjournal.com