Strong winds cause significant damage in Estherville, IA

Strong winds cause significant damage in Estherville, IA

One area hit hard was near the Iowa Great Lakes. Our Jetske Wauran spent the day in the city of Estherville in Emmet County, where strong winds caused lots of damage.

Tim Loock has never seen anything as bad as Thursday night's powerful thunderstorms.

"We've had high water, but nothing like this."

But last night, those high winds blew the roof off off his family owned business, Imperial Bowling Lanes on 17th street, where he just purchased the new roof, three years ago.

Tim Loock, Owner of Imperial Bowling Lanes, told us, "Actually, honestly, at the start, I didn't know what was going on until after all the damage. It was bad. Right during the start, it was windy, no one could really tell what was going on."

Winds estimated at about 75 miles per hour, damaged the front part of the building, now left without a roof, causing water and leaks into the entrance. The damage costing Loock $50,000 now he's spending his Friday, removing damaged carpets and walls.

And the roof itself, it blew on the other side of the building so we had to take it off and throw it in the dump.

And that's not all, Thursday night's powerful winds destroyed this car was building right behind, and even the roof blown away.

Thankfully there were no reports of any injuries in this area.

Those strong winds also knocked down electrical poles and numerous trees.

They hit Estherville minutes after an EF1 tornado hit the nearby community of Superior in Dickinson County.

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