DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — Two more deaths in Iowa have been attributed to the powerful storm that struck Iowa this week.
Poweshiek County Sheriff Thomas Kriegel says a 42-year-old woman sitting on her porch in Malcom on Monday was struck by a large tree blown over as the storm moved through, and a 41-year-old electrician who worked for the city of Brooklyn died when he was electrocuted by a power line he was reconnecting.
Earlier in the week officials in Cedar Rapids confirmed a bicyclist had been hit by one of several large trees that fell on a bike path.
Officials are saying it will take five days or longer to restore power to some Iowa homes and businesses that have been without electricity. In Cedar Rapids, utility company spokesman says the straight-line winds that toppled trees and power lines across the state was unprecedented and caused extensive damage to the power grid.
Over 130,000 Iowans were still without electricity on Thursday evening.