Wind and rain storms devastated crops and buildings in Marshall County, Iowa, on July 10. One day later, photographer Harlen Persinger drove through the area taking stock of the damage and photographing it. Persinger is a Grundy County, Iowa, farmer and photographer.
1. Peeled away
A massive grain bin at the junction of Highway 30 and 330 was no match for cyclone-type winds.
2. Heavy landing
After being peeled off like the top of a tin can, the roof of the bin landed on a machine shed 75 yards away.
3. Blown away
Never underestimate the power of Mother Nature.
4. Big blow
More than 100,000 acres of corn in a half-dozen counties of Iowa were flattened. Green snap also occurred in many fields.
5. Yield buster
Straight-line winds in excess of 100 miles an hour reduced yields about 20 percent for many producers.
6. Wide swath
Thousands of acres were damaged from western Iowa throughout the central Corn Belt. Electric power in many areas was off for three to five days.
7. Trunk buster
Trees were snapped like matchsticks from winds estimated to be from 80 to 100 miles per hour.