Straight-line winds blow-off post office roof, knock down trees in Sidney, Iowa

SIDNEY – A tornado-warned storm blew through Sidney Monday night leaving a trail of destruction in the southwest Iowa town.

Straight-line winds estimated up to 105 MPH blew off the roof of the town’s post office and knocked down trees as big as 12 feet in circumference. The post office’s roof was found littered in a field of debris. The town’s mail was being taken to a neighboring community.

The courthouse square and nearly every block in the vicinity had some tree damage.

Sidney was placed in two different tornado warnings at 7:21 and a severe thunderstorm warning at 7:56. Heavy rain, hail and dangerous cloud-to-ground lightning knocked out power to parts of the town of 1,048 people.

No injuries have been reported in Sidney.

Firefighter Dustin Sheldon said Sidney firefighters also responded to a structure fire in Randolph.

As wind raked across Interstate 29, at least four semitrailer trucks were toppled, said Mike Crecelius, the emergency management coordinator for Fremont County, Iowa. Those in the semis reported minor injuries, he said.

85 MPH wind gusts were reported in Thurman, 70 MPH gusts in Shenandoah and two-inch size hail fell along the Iowa, Missouri border.

World-Herald News Service contributed to this report.

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