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Severe weather rips through Johnson County

JOHNSON COUNTY (KWWL)--  Chuck Kyte and his wife Marilee drove all the way from Arizona to go camping with their grandchildren at Coralville Lake.

"We lived here in Iowa for a long time, and I feel like we have to come back and catch up on the rain," Kyte said.

Chuck and his family were prepared for more bad weather Friday afternoon.

"One of the things I always do when I come to a campground or wherever I'm at is look and see where would I go if the weather is happening."

The inclement weather did happen Friday.  As the severe weather approached, members of the Army Corps of Engineers worked to alert campers to take shelter.

"Our job in having individuals out in all the camping areas is to get the word out that we do have severe weather coming," said Jeff Peck with the Army Corps of Engineers.

Strong winds ripped through the camp area, littering roads with tree limbs and scattering camp sites.

 The aftermath of the storm could be felt for miles outside the campground.

In downtown Coralville, hundreds were left without power.

In North Liberty, large trees were uprooted, and thrown by strong winds on top of houses and power lines.

"It was the loudest thing I ever heard," said Trevone King of North Liberty. 

Online Reporter:  Jason Epner

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