Appanoose County residents clean up after Sunday's storm
By Laura Simon
Exline residents assess damage to home located on 26936 T-30.
Mon, 28 Apr 2014 22:49:43 GMT — Many spent the day cleaning up storm damage, and a Udell woman is now in the hospital with serious injuries. Neighbors say flying debris hit her in the head. She has been transported to a hospital in Des Moines for surgery. Residents say the woman is in her 70s. Several up-rooted trees and blown off roofs were also seen across the area. Jeff Zogg, a National Weather Service meteorologist based in Des Moines was surveying the Centerville area Monday afternoon. "We had active weather across Appanoose County last night, and we hear reports of possible tornadoes so we came out did a storm survey, in the process of doing that right now to collect information to determine what exactly happened here," he said. Between the Manhattan Steakhouse and John Deere on Hwy 5, lies a cornfield where you can see lots of mangled metal wreckage scattered. Further south in Cincinnati, Iowa, the Appanoose County Secondary Roads Department cleaned several up-rooted pine trees. Some residents in the small town say they didn't have power for nearly 14 hours. While the power in Exline was back on at approximately 11:35 p.m. Sunday, resident Kendall Oden says his neighbor's barn blew across the street during the storm landing in his tree. In the wake of the storms, Zogg says to take all severe weather warnings seriously. "Even though we didn't have a tornado warning in effect last night the stuff that came through just shows you that in fact severe weather can produce damage even without a tornado, so people definitely need to head the watches and severe thunderstorm warnings," he said. Next, the Weather Service will determine if this activity was tornadic.
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