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Local News 6.7.2018

A strong line of severe thunderstorms brought damaging winds and heavy rainfall to the entire county Wednesday evening. Two severe thunderstorm warnings were issued from 6:43 to 8:07 p.m.  Multiple areas reported damage, including downed trees and limbs in Pella, downed power lines and trees in Knoxville, damaged outbuildings near the intersection of T-17 and Highway 92, downed power lines near Howell Station Campground, and a 62 MPH wind gust in Pella recorded at 7:02 p.m.  About 1″ of rain fell near downtown Pella, and .67″ fell in Knoxville, as of 8:30 p.m.

 A South Skunk river rafter was exhausted but otherwise unharmed after going into the water Sunday afternoon.  A capsized raft was reported as being tangled in a logjam on the South Skunk River between Hwy 63 and Glendale Access  at around 4:30 p.m. on Sunday.  The raft belonged to Nathan Washburne – rescue crews found him along the north side of the river around 5:20 p.m. Several minutes after Washburne entered the river, the raft was punctured, forcing him to exit the raft and swim to shore. After being transported to Glendale Access, Washburne was examined by paramedics who thankfully found no injuries.

 

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