Kinross resident dies in storm
SIGOURNEY — The Keokuk County Sheriff’s Office has confirmed at least one person died as a result of the strong storm that passed through the county Sunday.
“We haven’t officially determined if it was a tornado or not,” said Sheriff Casey Hinnah. “And we haven’t released a name yet as we’re still notifying family.”
The storm with damaging winds was reported at approximately 3:40 p.m. Sunday, “claiming the life of a rural Kinross resident. The sheriff’s office also received another report of a resident who was severely injured [when] trapped under a barn that had collapsed near the city of Martinsburg,” according to the press release.
Initial storm damage was reported as power lines down between the cities of Hedrick and Martinsburg along Highway 149.
Several farm buildings were damaged and blown onto the highway, and homes also were damaged within Martinsburg.
The path of the storm continued from the southwest corner of Keokuk County to the northeast corner.
Six power pole lines near Lancaster Church southeast of Sigourney on County Road V5G were knocked down.
Five more transmission poles were broken off and blocking traffic on Highway 92, about 4.5 miles east of Sigourney.
Rainfall was measured at 0.74 inches in a 45 minute time period.