Storms strike Southeast Iowa
Update-- The Associated Press is reporting at least one fatality from Sunday's severe weather outbreak.
Keokuk County emergency management coordinator Larry Smith says one person died Sunday when strong winds caused an outbuilding to collapse in a rural area near Kinross. He says the victim's identity is being withheld pending notification of relatives.
Update -- As of 7:30 Monday morning, the National Weather Service Storm Report website lists two tornados in Southeast Iowa. The first one is described as a brief touchdown outside of Floris in Davis County. No damage was reported from that touchdown.
The second was a touchdown in Lovilia in Monroe County. There was damage to homes in Lovilia.
At this time the Storm Report lists damage in Ottumwa, Blakesburg, Udell and Oskaloosa as being caused by high winds. Post storm investigations could change those designations.
The following link will take you to the Storm Report website.
Update- According to the Alliant Energy Outage Report, only 18 homes in Wapello County remain without power as of 7:20 Monday morning.
Powerful thunderstorms, and possibly a tornado knocked out power to thousands of customers on Sunday afternoon.
The City of Bridges is recovering after being hit by severe thunderstorms
It was around three p.m. when a line of severe thunderstorms ripped through the city.
There was damage across the Ottumwa, but the city's southside appeared to get the worst of it.
A few homes lost their roofs, and trees were up rooted, including one that landed on a parked car.
Several thousand buildings in Wapello County, including KTVOâ??s offices in downtown Ottumwa lost power.
As of midnight, Alliant energy was reporting around three hundred Wapello County homes still without power.
There have been reports of a handful of injuries, though at this hour there are no reports on any fatalities.
There are no official reports of tornados in Ottumwa though that might change after investigators examine the damage.
Yesterdayâ??s storms were the worst to hit Ottumwa since June of 2012.
Those storms were responsible damaging the Chief Wapello statue on the Wapello County Courthouse.
The chief managed to survive this round of severe weather.
Storm overturns semi
Driving a semi during 60 mile an hour winds is no fun as one driver found out Sunday.
When the storm hit on highway 63 just north of Ottumwa the driver of this truck found himself thrown around like a toy.
The high winds flipped the truck on its side into the median.
The driver didn't suffer any injuries.
At this hour itâ??s not clear just how much permanent damage the truck suffered.
The truck is expected to be removed some time on Monday.
Storms hit across Southeast Iowa
Wapello County wasn't the only place that saw damage from Sundayâ??s storms.
When the storm rolled through Oskaloosa it tore the roof off the Mahaska Health West building.
The building is only an office building and sees no patients No-one was inside of the building when the damage occurred.
C.E.O. Jake Christensen says building had a peaked roof built over a flat roof.
Winds simply peeled the new roof off.
There was some good news, services wonâ??t be disrupted and most importantly everyone is safe.
"You know no one's hurt. In the whole scheme of things--itâ??s a building. You still worry about what got damaged. But nobody was injured," Christensen said.
Storms affected other parts of the heartland as well.
Weather spotters reported a tornado in a farm field near Floris Iowa.
South of Udell in Appanoose County several farm buildings were damaged or destroyed as the storms moved through.
Next up for residents in the areas hit by the storms, cleaning up.
(The Associated Press Contributed to this story)