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High winds cause damage across eastern Iowa

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Reports of damage all across the KWWL viewing area were caused by several waves of severe thunderstorms across Iowa Sunday night, closing roadways and even a few schools due to debris and power outages.

Excessive rain also didn't help river levels, with Mitchell County still in a flash flood watch as of Monday morning. A complete list of flood warnings and watches can be found here.

Cedar Rapids Police said they responded to approximately 80 storm-related incidents between 10:45 p.m. and midnight Sunday. Those incidents included business alarms, downed trees and downed power lines.

More than 70 reports of public tree damage were reported to Cedar Rapids Public Works, according to Sue Fleege with Public Works. Fleege said the city's first priority is to open roads and address hazardous trees.

Removal of private tree debris will be addressed after removal of public tree debris, Fleege said. Residents can get more information here.

Three reports of trees falling on homes were reported, Cedar Rapids Police Sgt. Clint Fangmann said in a release Monday morning. No injuries had been reported.

Power outages were scattered "in all quadrants of the city," Fangmann said. Crews were working to restore power and clear roadways.

For more on the power outages last night and links to view current outages, click here.

Power outages also closed some schools in all parts of the KWWL viewing area either for the first two hours of the day or all day Monday. A complete list of current closings can be found here.

A viewer, Deb Wall, said Highway 30 into Cedar Rapids showed "lots of damage," including a car dealership that lost part of a building and a "huge tree" down in a cemetery.

Several reports of straight line winds causing damage also came in from New Hartford and Grundy Center Sunday night. A viewer, Dalton Haverkamp, sent in a video of what he believes was a tornado near Beaman in Grundy County.

Floyd County was one of the first counties to report damage Sunday afternoon.

Monday could bring more damaging storms, according to KWWL meteorologist Eileen Loan.

Showers and thunderstorms will move in mainly during the late afternoon and evening. Large hail and damaging winds will be possible with storms that develop in the KWWL viewing area late today, with heavy rainfall also likely.

The system will take a couple more days to get out of the area, so the chance of storms will continue through tomorrow evening and showers may linger through Wednesday.

Cooler temps will move in for the end of the week. Another round of showers and thunderstorms is expected to track through next weekend.

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