Julia Poska | August 31, 2018
Severe storms swept through the midwest the evening of Aug. 28, causing flash flooding and wind damage from central Wisconsin through eastern Iowa.
Over 100,000 midwesterners lost power at some point during or after the storm, AccuWeather.com reports.
Lighting flashes across the Iowa City skyline as storms rolled through the area on Tuesday night.
📸: David Harmantas/The Daily Iowan pic.twitter.com/6M5TiYT8JJ
— The Daily Iowan (@TheDailyIowan) August 29, 2018
Within Iowa, the heaviest damage occurred in the Iowa City and Quad Cities areas. Flash floods soaked homes, businesses and even the University of Iowa’s Kinnick Stadium, which was drained almost immediately.
As of the morning of Thursday, Aug. 30, the National Weather Service forecasts a chance of more storms every day until Monday. Climate change projections warn Iowans to expect more wet weeks and severe rain events in coming years.
Kinnick under some water pic.twitter.com/wr0HWmXtIQ
— Matt (@letsgohawks12) August 28, 2018
Three tornado warnings sounded across eastern Iowa Tuesday night as well: southwest of Williamsburg, Iowa County; in Iowa City; and and in De Witt, Clinton County. The National Weather Service reported wind of 83 miles per hour at the Iowa City Municipal Airport.
Strong storms are hammering the Midwest AGAIN today. This is of a tornado warned storm as it approached Iowa City just hours ago. pic.twitter.com/9dTnjDYfpx
— WeatherNation (@WeatherNation) August 29, 2018
Tuesday’s storm came less than a week after the Federal Emergency Management Agency denied Gov. Kim Reynold’s request for funding to help private individuals and businesses recover from severe storms earlier this summer, as reported by the Des Moines Register. FEMA did grant Iowa funding to repair public infrastructure.