Early damage reports coming in from Wednesday’s severe storms

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DES MOINES, IOWA — Wednesday’s severe weather and extreme wind warnings lived up to their billing — now comes the damage assessment and the cleanup.

A low pressure system tore across the state of Iowa on Wednesday evening, carrying winds near 100mph and packing severe thunderstorms and tornadoes. There are reports of downed trees and damaged buildings across the state. The Iowa State Patrol reports numerous semis were blown off I-80 early in the evening.

In the Quad-Cities, customers on both sides of the Mississippi River lost power. In the neighborhood just north of St. Ambrose University, streets were dark, while in a nearby area closer to Vander Veer Park, lights were on in some homes. The university’s lights remained on and could be seen for some distance at 10:15 p.m.

Here’s a roundup of some of the early damage photos and reports we’ve found:

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