Tornadoes, severe thunderstorms spread damage across central Iowa

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The National Weather Service confirmed Tuesday that an EF-1 tornado touched down in Tracy as severe weather swept across the state.

The NWS confirmed the latest tornado following a preliminary damage survey.

Tornadoes were also confirmed near Melcher-Dallas, Lacona and southeast of De Soto in Badger Creek State Park.

Heavy rains and wind overnight left bent and twisted metal near Milo while grain bins and trees were destroyed in Lacona.

Near Adair, 60 mph winds blew over semitrailers at an I-80 rest stop.

Ryan Hollinrake, with IUOE Local 234, said the facility’s two buildings were nearly flattened by the storm.

The site was used for an apprentice program that trains people to use heavy equipment.

“(It’s) pretty devastating, really,” Hollinrake said. “We’ve been at this site for 19 years now (and) weren’t looking to move. We’ve got a lot of time, effort and money invested in this place.”

MidAmerican Energy said more than 20,000 customers in the Des Moines metro experienced power outages overnight.

The National Weather Service said it plans to survey Marion, Warren and possibly Madison counties for storm damage. No injuries were reported in the storm.

by Alex Schuman (2019, Aug 20) KCCI

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