Severe thunderstorms damage farm buildings in central Iowa, topple dozens of train cars

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DES MOINES, Iowa — Strong storms damaged farm buildings across central Iowa, knocked down trees and toppled dozens of empty railcars.

The storms caused damage in Decatur, Clarke, Dallas, Boone and Madison counties as they moved across the state early Sunday morning.

The National Weather Service documented wind damage starting near the Iowa-Missouri border that continued north to Boone County. The damage was consistent with strong winds up to 80 mph.

No major injuries were reported, but many people spent Sunday cleaning up debris the storms left behind.

Some of the most significant damage was reported west of Osceola where empty coal cars were knocked over by wind.

Several farm outbuildings and grain bins were destroyed, farm roofs were damaged and some trees were uprooted.

Rose Brammer, 59, said she couldn't believe the damage she found when she awoke and saw sheets of metal from a shed hanging in her trees.

"You don't know what to say at first," Brammer said to the Des Moines Register. "I just started crying. I was looking at all the devastation."

Brammer lives near where the BNSF railroad cars were blown off the tracks. She said she's glad to have so many family and friends nearby to help with the cleanup.

The storms also dropped roughly 2 inches of rain in Ringgold and Humboldt counties.

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