Storm damage

A BEAUTIFUL OLD maple tree sitting next to the Melrose Community Center was the victim of Tuesday’s straight winds that blew across Monroe County. Half of the tree was peeled off, barely missing the southwest side of the community center building.

There was no sighting of a tornado in Lovilia on Tuesday morning, but up the road about six miles at Tracy, a tornado was seen on the ground. You can see how residents in Lovilia may have thought a twister rolled through the north part of town.

Trees and branches were down throughout the north part of town, several falling into power lines causing outages and a couple of trees landing on homes. Mid-American Energy had power restored by later in the morning.

A tornado did considerable damage to the town of Lacona Tuesday morning and straight winds did damage to trees throughout Monroe County. A huge maple tree sitting on the west side of the Melrose Community Center was split in half, narrowly missing the southwest side of the building.

Rainfall totals ranged from between an inch and three quarters to nearly three inches of rain. Rain came again on Wednesday to Monroe County dumping another three quarters to an inch.

Despite the tree damage, there was all but good news for area farmers. Late planted crops got another dousing of rainfall, there was no hail and little crop damage from the winds. What farmers are hoping for now is a long, warm, dry fall.

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