Clay County sustains minor damage

Thursday, May 3, 2012
High winds from Tuesday night's storms damaged multiple business windows in Spencer. Both the Hen House sale location(below) and Hardees (above) were among those receiving damage. Radio Shack in downtown Spencer also had its window boarded up Wednesday morning. (Photos by Joe McCormick and Randy M. Cauthron)

"We got by really, really lucky," Clay County Emergency Management Coordinator Eric Tigges said of storms that blew through northwest Iowa Tuesday evening.

A roof sustained damage near Dickens, windows were blown out, a tree fell in south Spencer and branches were down throughout the area.

In Clay County, two tornados were reported three miles south of Everly, though the National Weather Service now believes there was only one tornado.

"We think there was one tornado that was seen two different times," meteorologist Philip Schumacher said. "The damage from that, we understand, there were a few power poles leaning. That was all the damage they could find from that tornado. It was a relatively small tornado and short-lived, fortunately."

Schumacher said the tornado has not been classified, but that winds were likely less than 100 mph.

"If it was higher, you'd expect the poles to snap and, fortunately, that did not happen," Schumacher said.

Strong winds damaged a tree on the Jim and Denice Schoelerman acreage near Everly. In addition to strong winds, two tornados were reported south of Everly, though the National Weather Service now believes it was the same tornado. (Photo submitted)

The NWS reported winds of 60 mph near Royal, 65 mph near Dickens and 71 mph in Spencer.

"Most of the damage was all from straight-line winds, except for the power lines," Schumacher said.

Severe thunderstorms, with hail and high winds, were also in the forecast for Wednesday evening.

Tigges warns against downplaying the dangers of such storms.

"People get very concerned about tornados, but sometimes those brief spin-ups, not that they aren't dangerous, but they're not as powerful," Tigges said. "If you have squall line, that will put more pressure on things. People don't always take that into account."

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  • Yep, another tornadic event and our local PD and sheriff's department chose to scramble their radio communications, so that the public and storm spotters would be 'in the dark' about what is happening...

    -- Posted by Dennis the Menace on Fri, May 4, 2012, at 5:59 PM
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