BOONE, Iowa—Monday nights thunderstorms did cause quite a bit of damage at the Central Iowa Expo site east of Boone. The site houses the Farm Progress Show every other year and the next visit will be in 2014. The Boone County Sheriff’s Department closed Highway 17 on the north side of the show site when a power line that crosses the Union Pacific Railroad tracks near was torn down. Utility poles used to service the grounds were litterly broken off at the ground. Midland Power crews reconstructed the line. One building immediately south of the Expo grounds collapsed from the force of the wind. The Iowa State University hoop building in the middle of the Expo grounds was pretty much shredded. Chief Deputy for the Sheriff’s Department Rick Lampe says there was also quite a bit of crop damage from the winds. Lampe says there were straight line winds at nearly 60 mph that caused the damage.
There was also some damage in other parts of the county. There were a few tree limbs down. There was also some minor flooding due to the quick rainfall. Officially, Boone received .61 inches of rain, but unofficial reports had at least an inch in many areas. There was also quite a bit of hail from the storm, but that damage also seems relatively minor compared to the wind damage.