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Rudd suffers “widespread damage” after derecho-like storm pummels Iowa

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RUDD – A derecho-like storm swept through the state of Iowa tonight, producing strong winds and tornadoes after unseasonably-warm temperatures during the day.

Due to this storm, the Floyd County Sheriff’s Office advised this evening of an urgent notice to avoid Rudd.

“Please stay out of the Rudd and immediate area,” the sheriff’s office said. “There is wide-spread damage throughout entire town. Rudd is closed to non-residents. No assistance is needed at this time. Thankfully No injuries reported.”

The sheriff’s office also said that “elsewhere in the county … many tress and powerlines down as well.”

There was reportedly a tornado in Algona as the storm raced west out of Nebraska.  Winds reached upwards of 100 miles per hour in some places.

There were power poles down, roads blocked, and plenty of apparently mostly minor structural damage so far reported.

Hail was reported in Charles City, and the Mason City airport reported winds above 80 mph.  Power outages were reported in communities across the state.

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