Storm strikes portions of region
SANBORN, Iowa -- An early Tuesday morning storm resulted in scattered damage throughout areas of northeast Iowa and southwest Minnesota.
Harley-Melvin-Sanborn Middle School almost had to cancel classes due to a 45-minute power outage Tuesday morning, said school secretary Lynette Soden.
"All we had was a little water and an open window," she added about the effect of the storm on the school building.
O'Brien County Emergency Management Coordinator Anne Koontz told Spencer radio station KICD that other communities in O'Brien County were not hit as hard by the storm as Sanborn.
Koontz also said there was a lot of limb damage in the county.
Marsha Rehder, of the O'Brien County Extension Office, said there was extensive hail damage to crops, as well as some wind damage to trees, about 10 miles east of Primghar.
Elsewhere, the Osceola Sheriff's Office reported numerous fallen tree branches but nothing significant.
In southwest Minnesota, the storm ripped through Luverne and uprooted several trees. Crops in the southern townships of Rock County suffered more hail damage than other parts of the county, said Fraser Norton, Farm Service Agency executive director.
"Beans and corn are leaning over in parts of the fields at the southeast side of the county," Norton said. "There obviously will be some impact on yield, but we will have a much better idea in a week or so."