Wednesday, 15 August, 2018

Massive tornado damage in central, south central Iowa

Iowa tornadoes bring trail of destruction that hits historic courthouse, theatre and factory Video: tornadoes rip through Iowa and cause 'catastrophic damage'
Kenny Thornton | 20 July, 2018, 19:08

A flurry of tornadoes swept through central Iowa Thursday afternoon, injuring at least 17 people, flattening buildings in three cities and forcing the evacuation of a hospital.

There were 27 reports of tornadoes in the state Thursday, CNN meteorologist Brandon Miller said.

A flag sticks out of a pile of bricks from a damaged building along the square Thursday, July 19, 2018, after a tornado ripped through Marshalltown, Iowa. Staff are moving patients to UnityPoint Health - Waterloo and UnityPoint Health - Grundy Center. Ten patients who suffered injuries as a result of the tornadoes were treated by hospital staff, but the extent of those injuries was unclear, officials said.

"Everyone is advised to stay away from downtown Marshalltown until further notice", she said in a statement. "We also ask that people stay off cell lines unless necessary, to allow for emergency phone traffic".

The storm broke out a window, ruining clothing and hats on display there, and destroyed her husband's vehicle. After the tornado rushed over them, damaging the shop and destroying her husband's auto, they emerged unharmed.

"We went through a tornado and survived, " Moz said. Seven people were sent to the hospital with minor injuries and have all since checked out of the hospital.

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The factory, which has about 2,800 employees manufacturing industrial and agricultural equipment, was hit by a tornado around 4 p.m. local time. One developed in the Marshalltown area, causing damage there, while the other started east of Des Moines and traveled through Bondurant and into Pella. They said there are no patient or staff injuries reported within the hospital, but the building did sustain structural damage.

Lt. Rick Blaylock of the Polk County Sheriff's Office told The Weather Channel roofs were blown off homes.

Over 35 million Americans are at risk for severe weather Friday, which is expected to be concentrated in the South and Midwest, including major cities like Birmingham, Alabama; Nashville, Tennessee; Louisville, Kentucky; Indianapolis and Detroit.

The tornadoes formed unexpectedly and hit the cities of Marshalltown, Pella and Bondurant as surprised residents ran for cover.

Iowa Governor Kim Reynolds posted on Twitter that she's praying for all those impacted by the tornadoes.

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