Winds topple trees, damage airport in Burlington

BURLINGTON, Iowa (AP) — High winds from a powerful thunderstorm have damaged the Burlington airport, knocked down power lines and toppled trees in southeast Iowa.

A thunderstorm roared into the area around 4 p.m. Thursday, with wind gusts that hit at least 81 mph in one measurement. No injuries have been reported.

Air Choice One worker Jason Junker says he and other people took cover inside the airport bathrooms as the storm struck.

Flights in and out of the airport were canceled, in part because debris had been blown onto the runway. At least one private plane and a hangar were damaged.

More than 2,000 Alliant Energy customers in Burlington and other communities lost power temporarily as lines were downed by the wind or by falling trees and limbs.

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