Public Safety

Cedar Rapids, Iowa City areas walloped by 100+ mph hurricane-force winds

7:07 P.M. Cedar Rapids Issues Curfew

The City of Cedar Rapids is instituting a citywide curfew from 10:00 P.M. to 6:00 A.M. starting Monday, August 10 until further notice. Police will patrol neighborhoods as streets continue to be cleared of fallen debris and utilities.

6:17 p.m., Cedar Rapids schools:

Kennedy High School Principal Jason Kline tweeted Monday evening that the damage to the school was “widespread,” but no one was hurt.

All Cedar Rapids district school buildings are closed to staff until further notice. Preservice and new teacher orientation, which began Monday, is postponed until further notice.

The date for the rescheduled Monday’s canceled Cedar Rapids school board meeting has not been set.

5:59 p.m., Cedar Rapids:

Public Safety spokesman Greg Beulow said no no major injuries have been reported yet. He’s expecting the city to make an emergency declaration at some point.

I asked if any minor injuries have been reported and he said he didn’t know because city crews have not yet been able to make it to all parts of the city.

Widespread damage, massive tree damage, downed power lines and power outages.

5:47 p.m., Johnson County:

Johnson County Sheriff Lonny Pulkrabek said their are tons of downed trees and thousands without power and phone service. Some buildings damaged but mostly trees. Saint Peter and Paul Church sounds like severe damage.

5:09 p.m., power outage updates:

Alliant (as of 4:36 p.m.):

95,270 out of 97,603 in Linn County

9,399 out of 9,827 in Johnson County

MidAmerican (as of 4:37 p.m.):

20,862 out of 47,836 in Johnson County

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MidAmerican spokesman Geoff Greenwood said it will take some customers “more than a day” to have power restored. MidAmerican has requested assistance from other utilities for up to 2,000 workers.

The storm has affected much of the region, though, increasing the demand for utilities help.

“Those utilities are going to be seeking assistance as well,” Greenwood said. “This is going to affect a lot of customers in the Midwest.”

Previously

Trees and power lines are down throughout the area after the Corridor was slammed by winds in excess of 100 miles per hour early Monday afternoon between 12:30 and 1:30 p.m.

In Linn County

In Cedar Rapids, at Grande Street SE and 19th Street SE, residents attempted to direct traffic looking for any way to get through a neighborhood where most streets were nearly impassable. One person with a pickup truck started hauling smaller trees out of the road. Up and down the block, downed trees, shingles and debris were everywhere.

Iris Avenue NW in Cedar Rapids is blocked off at all turns. The access road, off Waveland, is blocked going both east and west, though some residents at the west end are attempting to clear a path. This neighborhood initially was called Sherwood Forest for its old-growth trees. Many have been damaged today, along with many homes, garages and vehicles.

In Johnson County

In Iowa City, downed trees and broken branches are littering the UI Pentacrest.

One fallen tree is blocking South Madison Street near the Iowa Memorial Union. Emergency personnel are blocking intersections to remove trees and debris from streets.

Masked students were seeking shelter in what had been a largely empty union.

Storm damage stretched from North Liberty to Iowa City. Mature trees fallen everywhere, crushing fences and damaging homes. Overturned trampolines scattered in neighborhoods. East side Iowa City is a debris-covered maze of downed trees and closed streets. Residents have come out of their homes armed with rakes, sheers and chainsaws.

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