Storms Snap Trees, Bring Down Power Lines in Northern Iowa

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Strong thunderstorms barreled across areas north of the metro Tuesday, producing damaging winds and heavy rain.

Wind gusts reached 72.5 mph in Estherville. Across Emmet County, hail nearly an inch in diameter fell.

In Bremer County, downed trees and power lines were reported across town. Nettie Payne shared photos with Channel 13 of storm damage in northern Iowa. She was at Lake Okoboji when the storm hit. Share your weather photos by clicking below.

Heavy rain prompted a flash flood watch for a majority of northern Iowa counties until 1 a.m.

Forecast for Central Iowa

Wind damage is possible, as is large hail. A few tornadoes are also possible, but less so.

The best timing of the storms will be from mid-afternoon, and especially into the drive time home hours between 4 and 7 p.m. A few storms may continue to rumble through the state late tonight through 10 p.m.

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