Wednesday Storm Brings Rain, Tornadoes To Area

Northwest Iowa — The storm system that rumbled through the area Wednesday afternoon brought some heavy rain, strong winds, and tornadoes to the western half of the KIWA listening area.

Alex Ferguson of the Sioux Falls Office of the National Weather Service says the storms were triggered by a low pressure system over southeastern South Dakota.

Ferguson says he had heard of no damage in Iowa, and only minor damage in South Dakota.

We talked to Lyon County Emergency Management Director Arden Kopischke, who told us that there was no storm damage reported in his county, with the exception of lots of flooding from the heavy rains that accompanied the storm.

Sioux County officials also had to contend with flooding, including water across some gravel roads.  Sioux County Chief Deputy Nate Huizenga said, “we were lucky” there was no damage or injuries.

If you experienced storm-related damage, please send photos and information to

The photo at the top of this story was taken near Matlock Wednesday afternoon.  Photo courtesy of John Van Gorp.

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