Storm brings 53-mph wind, quarter-size hail to Perry

Clint Cole and Stephanie Ivankovich

On May 30, a severe thunderstorm ripped through Perry, bringing a top wind gust of 53 miles per hour and quarter-size hail.

The National Weather Service in Des Moines said that radar estimates put the rain total at 2 to 2.5 inches about three miles south of Perry.

Eric Vaughn, Perry police chief, said that he saw a few limbs down during the storm.

Chris Hinds, fire chief of the Perry Volunteer Fire Department, said the fire department was called to downed powerlines on Willis Avenue between West Fourth and Fifth Streets.

Hinds said the fire department blocked traffic for about an hour until Alliant Energy took care of the downed power lines.

The Dallas County Sheriff’s Office reported there was debris on County Highway P58 two to three miles south of Perry and power lines down around the northern part of Dallas County.

An employee at the Sheriff’s Office said the debris has been cleaned up.

On its website, Alliant Energy reported it had just one customer without power as of 7:41 p.m. that night.