Two people are killed as a tornado sweeps through rural Iowa with strong winds up to 165mph
Two are confirmed dead from a tornado that swept through rural Iowa on SaturdayThe tornado was classified as an EF3, which can get winds up to 165mph Tree limbs and cars were destroyed as the storm headed toward Des Moines, the capital of Iowa
A tornado ripped through rural Iowa, killing two people and damaging neighborhoods as winds reached up to 165mph with gusts up to 60mph.
Two have been reported dead, according to WHO 13, after a powerful tornado ripped through rural Iowa. Their names have not been released by police and authorities are currently searching for more people.
The EF3 tornado – which can see up to 165mph winds – touched down in Madison County around 4.30pm on Saturday. Residents experienced high wind gusts and isolated tornadoes as the storm raged through, destroying neighborhoods and vehicles, and bringing lime-sized hail and wind gusts up to 60mph.
The tornado swept through Winterset around 4.30pm as the storm headed toward Des Moines on Saturday night, causing seek-shelter-immediately warnings to be issued as gray and pink clouds filled the sky.
In a video shared by KCCI Meteorologist Chris Gloninger shows blackened skies lighting up with colorful heat lightening, highlighting a massive tornado as it ripped through Tama, off Highway 30.
The National Weather Service issued a warning to the southside of Des Moines, tweeting around 5pm: ‘Take shelter now in a basement or an interior room on the lowest floor of a sturdy building,” the emergency alert to phones said. “If you are outdoors, in a mobile home, or in a vehicle, move to the closest substantial shelter and protect yourself from flying debris.’
Homes and cars were ripped through off highway 169 and EMS responded to the scene shortly before 6.30pm. A cliffside was scene covered in debris with broken trees and wood. A trunk was also seen buried under big tree limbs.
Shortly after, the storm hit Norwalk as it continued to travel toward to the airport. Des Moines’ tornado sirens reportedly went off four times as Lucas, Decatur and Wayne were put under a warning around 5.30pm.
‘This is a life threatening situation. Seek shelter NOW!’ the National Weather Service Des Moines tweeted.
Residents reported internet outages and power outages as the strong winds blew through. A reported 10,500 have been affected.
Another tornado hit the ground shortly before 5.30 in Humeston and was moving toward the Chariton area.
This is a developing story. Check back for updates.
Giant clouds rolled over Jasper County as the tornado barreled through rural Iowa
A big tree limb crushed a truck as strong winds caused massive damage. The storm was classified as a EF3, which can see winds up to 165mph