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Wind gusts of 74 mph pound Carroll, thousands lose power in western Iowa

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City workers remove a felled portion of a tree that covered part of Main Street south of the train tracks in Carroll Monday morning. Heavy rains and high winds swept through much of central and western Iowa this morning.

A severe thunderstorm felled trees and knocked out power to thousands of people in western Iowa this morning, according to National Weather Service reports.

Carroll recorded the highest wind gust at 74 mph, and there were more than 100 MidAmerican Energy customers without power in town. Numerous trees were damaged, with some fallen ones blocking roadways in town.

No one was injured in Carroll, the police department said.

Other cities had many more MidAmerican customers without power, including:

— Fort Dodge: More than 4,200.

— Audubon: More than 1,300.

— Sac City: More than 500.

— Rockwell City: More than 300.

The Weather Service did not have a rain total immediately available for Carroll. People reported significant damage across the area from the strong, straight-line winds:

— Templeton: Large trees were felled, some of which blocked roads.

— Manning: Large tree limbs down.

— Denison: A tree fell on a car.

— Kiron: A semitrailer truck was blown out of control and crashed.

— Lohrville: A roof tore off of a building.

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