Storms bring hail, winds to Iowa

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — Strong storms are producing hail, rain and strong winds and causing power outages as they roll across Iowa.

The National Weather Service says the storms hit central Iowa Friday afternoon with hail reported in Newton and winds of 72 mph near Grinnell, where a semitrailer had jackknifed on Interstate 80. Officials say winds toppled a barn near Searsboro.

There are no reports of injuries.

Power outages were reported in Des Moines, where 2,200 customers of MidAmerican Energy were without power Friday afternoon.

The storms moved into eastern Iowa, where Alliant Energy reported over 19,000 customers without power in Benton, Iowa and Linn counties. Officials say power lines blowing down and trees falling on lines are to blame for most of the problems.