- Associated Press - Saturday, June 18, 2016

SIOUX CITY, Iowa (AP) - Residents in northwestern Iowa were cleaning up Saturday after storms brought strong winds that downed power lines and tree limbs and knocked out electricity to thousands overnight.

MidAmerican Energy said up to 13,000 customers were left without power in the Sioux City area when the storm moved through Friday night. No injuries were reported.

About 4,600 customers in the Sioux City area remained without power by midafternoon Saturday, according to the utility.

The power utility sought “a pretty significant amount of backup” to help restore power and clean up the damage, said MidAmerican spokeswoman Ashton Newman.

“There has been extensive damage,” Newman told the Sioux City Journal. “We had reports of winds reaching 70 mph. It took down a lot of poles and wires due to tree limbs and trees falling on them.”

The storms also caused the partial collapse of a stage Friday night at the RiseFest Christian Music Festival in Sheldon. No injuries were reported, as festival organizers had already evacuated the area around 7 p.m. Friday because of strong wind and lightning. The music festival was expected to resume on Saturday.

The Woodbury County Sheriff’s Office said that the northeastern section of the county saw flooding and trees and power lines across many roadways in the wake of the storms.

The department said travel has been curtailed by downed trees and power lines in Lawton, Moville, Pierson and Correctionville. Drivers are asked to avoid those areas while crews work to repair the damage and remove debris.

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