Iowa Old Press
Hawarden Independent, Sept. 28, 1894
CYCLONE NEAR LE MARS.
LE MARS, Ia., Sept. 22-The worst storm clouds ever witnessed by the people
of this city passed over here about 5:30 p.m. yesterday. A heavy bank of
rain clouds to the north, kept in place by a strong north wind, acted as a
wall against which a strong south current of air rushed in vain, and
returning received a circular motion which very quickly imparted to the sky
the aspect of a roaring, seething body of water. The atmospheric disturbance
was terrible and was one of the grandest sights conceivable. The conditions
were perfect for a cyclone and as long arms from the cloud were extended
towards the earth the people of LeMars commenced to realize the awful
destruction it might wreak upon the city. One arm touched the ground on a
hill a mile north of town, taking a barn and scattering a straw pile over
several acres. The disturbance finally passed off, the more dangerous
looking clouds going northeast, in the direction of Seney.
The farm of A. Johnson, north of LeMars, was also reached by the cyclone and
his barn and sheds utterly destroyed. Reports are coming in of other damage
along the road to Seney, and it appears that the country affected will cover
a large surface. The country north of town is badly flooded, giving evidence
of a tremendous rain or a small cloudburst.
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