Following a quiet start to the severe weather season in eastern Iowa, a powerful line of thunderstorms impacted the region last(Thur) evening.
Williamsburg was one of the hardest hit in the state. A trained weather spotter reported a gust of 78 mph within the city’s limits. Other reports in eastern Iowa ranged from as high as 86 mph in Riverside, with several spotters measuring gusts greater than 60 mph across Benton, Iowa and Johnson Counties.
The strong wind gusts toppled trees, broke power lines in half and even knocked down a gas pump at a gas station in Williamsburg.
The entire town south of the outlet mall was without power immediately following the storm. Several hours after the storm hit, Alliant Energy reported more than 2,200 customers were still without power in Iowa as of 3 a.m. today(Fri), including 433 in Williamsburg.
In addition to the severe storms, torrential rainfall hit the area. Williamsburg picked up 2.00″ of rain in just 30 minutes. The same storm system hit Iowa City and Coralville leading to flash flooding on many area roadways.
At this time there are still no reported injuries with Thursday’s severe weather.