Severe thunderstorm mars Labor Day Weekend in Midwest, Northeast

Windsor Genova – Fourth Estate Cooperative Contributor

Sioux City, IA, United States (4E) – Severe thunderstorms moved across eastern Nebraska and into Iowa on Sunday night marring Labor Day Weekend celebrations with hail, wind and rain.

The National Weather Service (NWS) also issued a tornado watch for several counties in eastern Nebraska and western Iowa, including Douglas, Sarpy and Pottawattamie Counties, until 9 p.m.

Wind gusts of up to 63 mph tipped over campers and downed trees and power lines while one person was struck by lightning in Denison, Iowa, a local emergency manager said, according to

Storm gusts of 60 mph moved through the Sioux City-Sergeant Bluff area knocking over several semis on Interstate 29 and blocking the road for more than an hour. The storm also downed trees in Missouri Valley and Dakota City.

In Nebraska, hail fell on Gordon. But the thunderstorms are expected to ease by about 1 a.m. as it moves further into Iowa and Minnesota.

Meanwhile, one to three inches of rainfall are forecast from the central Plains into the Great Lakes with flash flooding threatening Kansas and Nebraska eastward into Kentucky through Monday morning, according to

A new round of severe weather is expected from southwestern Michigan and northern Illinois to Missouri as the Labor Day holiday weekend comes to a close Monday afternoon. It will affect Kalamazoo, Michigan; South Bend, Indiana; Chicago and Springfield, Illinois, and St. Louis and Columbia, Missouri.

The danger will reach Indianapolis Monday evening. Later Monday night, thunderstorms pose flood threats to areas from central Missouri to western Ohio, including St. Louis and Indianapolis.

Rainfall is expected to begin in the East Coast and in cities such as Chicago, St. Louis and Kansas City Sunday afternoon and continue into Monday, making it a Labor Day washout for further west.

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