Wednesday’s severe storms cause significant wind damage, injuries and a death

This tree next to First Congregational Church in Charles City was blown over during Wednesday's storms among many others in town

Des Moines, Iowa (AP) – Thunderstorms that raced across Iowa have left power outages, damaged buildings and injuries in their wake.

Authorities in Butler County say a farmer was hurt when a building fell on him during the storms Wednesday, and a trucker was killed when his semitrailer overturned. It’s unclear, however, whether the truck accident was directly caused by the weather.

Tripoli Police Chief Daniel Banks says one storm struck as the elementary school was dismissing. He says a tree fell on a van full of children, but nobody was hurt.

The National Weather Service office in Davenport says it’s deploying survey teams to verify reports of short-lived tornadoes in the area. Another tornado was reported in Sioux County.

MidAmerican Energy said Thursday morning that nearly 4,600 of its Iowa customers remained without power with some of those affected in the Charles City area.

To view the latest storm reports from Wednesday nights storms, click here.

The Mason City operation and maintenance crews will be picking up tree limbs that were downed due to the recent storms.

Those who have downed tree limbs on private property can schedule an appointment by calling 641-421-3675 and providing their address.

Once the pick-up is scheduled, residents are asked to place all limbs and tree debris on the curb for collection by city crews.

This service will conclude on Wednesday, May 24, so city officials are asking residents to call within the next day or so to make their appointments.

Crews may not get to the debris immediately.

For those in the Charles City area, you can take your brush to the Shaw Avenue dumpsite for free. The Shaw Avenue dumpsite is open during daylight hours.

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Chris was born in Webster City and raised in Charles City. As a young kid, he would always be caught singing along to songs on the radio. He says he's good at karaoke but we think otherwise. ;) In his free time, he enjoys beginning new projects at home and hardly ever finishing them. Chris lives in Charles City with his wife Vicki and a daughter Brynlee.

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