1980: Late season severe thunderstorms moved from west to east across northern Iowa with 70 to 75 mph wind gusts and hail up to baseball size producing widespread crop losses and significant damage. At Ricketts in Crawford County every north and west facing window was broken by the hail. Further north a tornado passed through portions of Spencer leveling several metal warehouse buildings in an industrial park. Later another tornado tracked across north central Iowa passing just south of Leland and Lake Mills while destroying several farm homes and outbuildings. Another storm produced golf ball sized hail between Nora Springs and Rudd in Floyd County.
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This post was written by Schnack on September 20, 2012