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Wild Weather Rips Corridor

DES MOINES, Iowa (CBS 2/FOX 28-AP) -- Weather officials say a line of severe thunderstorms and high winds in central Iowa have left thousands of customers without power.

The National Weather Service says a severe thunderstorm warning was in effect several hours Thursday for various central Iowa counties. At one point, more than 38,000 MidAmerican Energy customers were without power, with a majority in the Des Moines area.

Meteorologist Kurt Kotenberg says winds from the storms reached up to 70 mph, but tornadoes were not expected. The system hit the Des Moines area before heading northeast toward Ankeny, Elkhart, Altoona and Bondurant.

The storm began racing through Johnson and Linn counties just before 5:30 p.m. and across Cedar Rapids during the 6:00 p.m. hour.

Alliant Energy reported that as of 7:00 p.m. about 1,360  of its customers in Linn County were without power, and MidAmerican reported nearly 3,000 without in the greater Iowa City area.

There were reports from weather spotters of downed trees, and in one case the roof ripped from a garage in the North Liberty area.

Kotenberg says reported damage includes dime-size hail in Johnston and fallen tree limbs in Adel. He says minor flooding is expected in parts of Polk County.

AP contributed to this report.

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