Storm creates tree cleanup over weekend

Thursday, June 23, 2016
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Plymouth County was under a Severe Thunderstorm Warning on Friday night which lead to having to clean up debris and tree limbs from a wind and rainstorm, which started at about 8:45 p.m. Friday, June 17. The National Weather Service cautioned to expect hail and rain, along with strong winds up to 70 mph. Rainfall varied around the county, with Le Mars receiving 3.2 inches of rain while Akron received three-tenths of an inch, according to the National Weather Service. Around the county, winds uprooted trees, snapped tree limbs and in some instances tore metal from roofs of sheds and hog barns. Some area corn and soybean fields were hit hard by hail. Farmers will be assessing the damage in the next few days. Power outages were also reported, not as much in Remsen as other Plymouth county towns though. According to the Utility Superintendent in Remsen, "If the majority of the town wasn't underground (electricity lines), the wind probably would've affected power." In Remsen there were some big branches that fell and one on Second Street fell and did some significant damage to a roof. Pictured above is a big branch that fell during Friday night's storm on Main street near Miller Auto in Remsen.