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Storm brings snow and power outages to Iowa

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DES MOINES (KWWL) - A holiday storm has buried western Iowa in nearly a foot of snow while leaving some 4,000 families without power.

 

MidAmerican Energy reports about 3,000 customers without power on Christmas morning, mostly in the Sioux City and Council Bluffs area.

In Audubon County, sheriff's dispatcher Chuck Cleveland estimates half the county was without power at one time, but he says it's slowly being restored.

The National Weather Service says the storm brought most of the snow to far western and northwest Iowa, where strong winds gusting up to 50 mph are creating blizzard conditions and huge drifts. Central Iowa received 2-5 inches of snow, with rain over eastern Iowa.

In the Council Bluffs area, Pottawattamie County sheriff Sgt. Chris Leber says there's so much snow that people can't go anywhere and nothing is moving.

Online News Director Nate Leding

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