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Quad City residents woke up to tornado sirens before 3:45 a.m. on Tuesday, June 17, 2014.  A tornado warning was in effect earlier Tuesday morning. It has since expired.

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There was heavy storm damage reported west of the Quad Cities in small Iowa communities like Stockton, Wilton, and Long Grove. The damage also caused thousands of residents to be without power in both Rock Island and Scott Counties. As of about 7:15 a.m., there were about 600 Mid-American customers on the Illinois side of the Quad Cities without power. On the Iowa side of the Quad Cities, there were about 300 people without power.  By 8 a.m., MidAmerican Energy reported about 160 total customers were still without power in the Quad Cities.

In Davenport, crews responded to at least two instances of trees down in the street. Public Works crews responded to Kirkwood and Iowa around 5 a.m. Tuesday morning. A tree had blocked off that intersection. There was also another tree that came down at LeClaire Street and Columbia Avenue. Crews have since cleaned up that intersection too.

A trained spotter reported a six-inch limb was broken from an oak tree at the National Guard Armory, on Division Street in Davenport, just before 4 a.m.

Storms also reportedly took down several outbuildings and trees on a farm on Y40 south of Dixon, Iowa in Scott County around 3:30 a.m.

Clinton County, Iowa authorities reported 362nd Avenue was expected to be closed most of the day June 17, at 105th Street between Goose Lake and Preston, because of downed power lines.   Motorists were advised to avoid the area.

The National Weather Service office in Davenport said heavy damage was reported near Stockton in Jo Daviess County, Illinois. A trained spotter reported 2.5 inches of heavy rain had fallen by about 5:15 a.m. three miles northeast of Stockton. Highway 20 was closed in western Stephenson County between Lena and Stockton at about 4:30 a.m. because of downed trees. Trees were also reportedly blocking parts of Highways 73, 75 and 26, and a barn was blown down near Kent Road. A trained spotter reported 2.7 inches of rain had fallen by about 6 a.m. about a mile southeast of Nora in Jo Daviess County. More than three inches of rain had fallen by about 5:30 a.m. according to a trained spotter southeast of Elizabeth, Illinois.

The NWS received a report from a citizen that there was “considerable tree damage” on the west side of Freeport in Stephenson County, Illinois as well. A citizen reported a tree that was more than two feet in diameter was downed by the storm.

Just before 3:30 a.m., a trained spotter reported to the NWS that a barn was in a tree, a barn down on a car, a fence down and numerous trees uprooted about five miles southeast of Tipton in Cedar County, Iowa.

The National Weather Service said a trained spotter reported 1.78 inches of heavy rain had fallen before 7 a.m. just northwest of North Liberty in Johnson County, Iowa.

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