A severe storm swept through Brown County shortly before 4 p.m., with high winds, heavy rains and hail.

Preliminary reports Thursday afternoon show that several areas of Hiawatha suffered some damages to the trees, including downtown around the courthouse square.

On the south side of the courthouse, along the 600 block of Utah, the wind was so fierce that it bent one of the new pedestrian crossing signs about halfway to the ground.

Chief John Defore said a lot of limbs are down around town and the street department went out Thursday afternoon to work on moving them out of streets. He said a power line went down Miami Street and there were some residents without power for a while Thursday afternoon.

As far as he knew, no structural damage had been reported as of press time late Thursday, but said another storm was scheduled to hit around 5:15 p.m. The Hiawatha World will update on Friday.

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