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      Midwest storms leave many without power

      <font size="2">Severe Storms move through Iowa</font>

      Strong thunderstorms moving through Iowa are leaving tree branches scattered and breaking through power lines causing outages in some locations.

      MidAmerican Energy reports 1,640 customers without power, most of whom are located in the Des Moines area, but dozens are also in Council Bluffs and Sioux City.

      Alliant Energy says it has 350 customers without power, mostly around Boone.

      No injuries have been reported.

      The storms packed winds estimated at 70 miles per hour as they moved through central Iowa. Tree branches as large as 7 inches in diameter have been knocked from trees. Hail at least 3/4 of an inch around was reported in some locations.

      Storms moved quickly across the state but a strong system with the potential for high wind and possible tornado activity will arrive Friday afternoon and evening.