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  Storm damage near Ames
This shed beloging to Bill Taylor was blow over in the early morning hours of Monday, May 27.

Storm damage pinned on possible tornado

by Nathan Arneal
Published 5/29/13

The weather station in Fremont recorded wind gusts as high as 77 mph, but you’d have a hard time convincing people between North Bend and Ames that the storm in the early hours of Monday morning was nothing more than strong winds.

“There ain’t no way wind did that,” Jeff Hanson said.

Hanson said he is sure a tornado passed through his place at 1:30 a.m. Monday. Whatever it was, it blew away a detached garage and drove a tree limb into the side of his house just feet below where he was sleeping. The limb busted a hole in the side of the house and shattered a picture window.

Hanson, who lives eight miles east of North Bend and three miles north of Ames, said the worst of the wind lasted only about 10 seconds then it was gone.

About a mile and a half to the southwest of Hanson, a couple of grain bins of Bill Taylor’s were blown over. Another mile west of that, near Todd Thompson’s house, a shed of Taylor’s was blown over, with debris scattered over a mile away.

Several pivots in the area were tipped over, as well, for the area’s second pivot-tipping storm of the spring.

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