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A camper was overturned by high winds at the Woodbury County Fairgrounds in Moville, Iowa, during a thunderstorm Tuesday evening. Winds in the storm gusted up to 65 mph.

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SIOUX CITY | Tuesday night's storm left thousands of Siouxlanders in the dark and picking up tree debris. 

The thunderstorm knocked down tree limbs and damaged structures in Sioux City and the surrounding area. The fire department said winds in Sioux City gusted up to 65 mph which set off the high wind sirens.

"Countywide, there's a lot of tree damage," said Rebecca Socknat, Woodbury County Emergency Services coordinator.

During the storm MidAmerican Energy Co. reported 2,000 were blacked out in Sioux City, more than 700 in Kingsley, Iowa, and 400 in Lawton, Iowa. There also were reports of widespread outages in northeast Nebraska.

The storm moved into Woodbury County around 9 p.m. Tuesday with high winds and rain. Eastbound U.S. Highway 20 through Moville was blocked for a time because of a tree on the roadway. Trees also were blown over on Interstate 29 but were quickly removed. 

Socknat said trees had fallen on a house in Sergeant Bluff and another in Sloan. A camper was overturned at the Woodbury County Fairgrounds in Moville, and another camper was blown over in Sergeant Bluff, she said.

Meteorologist Todd Heitkamp, of the National Weather Service in Sioux Falls, said there were no reports of tornadoes in Siouxland. 

No official rainfall total had been received from Sioux City, he said, but the area generally received rainfall amounts ranging from half an inch to more than 1 inch.

Heitkamp said the next chance of rain comes Friday afternoon and evening with showers and thunderstorms, but they are not expected to be severe.

In Sioux City, residents needing to dispose of tree debris can take it to the Citizen's Convenience Center, 5800 28th St., for a fee of $15 per truckload. Branches and limbs that are 4 feet or less in length and under 4 inches in diameter can be bundled and placed next to the garbage bin for pickup during garbage collection. They must weigh under 35 pounds and have a solid waste sticker attached. And branches and limbs smaller than those dimensions can be loosely placed in residential garbage bins, the city said. 

In South Sioux City, city crews will pick up tree debris from the curb Wednesday and Thursday. Property owners are asked to cut limbs to lengths of 5 feet or shorter and place the debris by the curb. Homeowners are responsible for all trees in their property, including the parking and curb areas, a city news release said. All debris must be free of building material and garbage. Solid waste stickers can be purchased at all major grocery stores or at City Hall's customer service desk. 

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