NWS: Three tornadoes strike central Iowa Tuesday morning

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DES MOINES, Iowa (AP/KCRG) – UPDATE 10:46 p.m.:
The National Weather Service in Des Moines confirms that three tornadoes occurred in central Iowa on Tuesday.

Damage caused by what the National Weather Service in Des Moines says is a tornado in Lacona on August 20, 2019 (WOI)
A tornado in Marion County near Tracy was on the ground from 6:21 a.m. to 6:23 a.m. It was rated an EF-1 with estimated wind speeds of 110 mph. It was on the ground for 1.5 miles and had a maximum width of 150 yards.

Another tornado occurred at Badger Creek State Park in Madison County. The Weather Service has not yet surveyed the damage from this tornado.

The third tornado happened in Lacona, described below.


The National Weather Service confirms a tornado hit near Lacona in Warren County Tuesday morning.

“There is one confirmed tornado via radar tornado debris signature and damage reported by law enforcement and emergency management near/at Badger Creek State Park southeast of De Soto,” according to a statement from the National Weather Service.

Storms that rumbled over much of central Iowa knocked down trees, cut power and flooded streets.

There were no reports of injuries.

Emergency management officials reported damaged structures and powerlines down, according to the National Weather Service. There were also reports of hay bails blown across roads.

The National Weather Service says more than 4.5 inches of rain fell on Eagle Grove, and a 60 mph wind gust was reported at Adair.

MidAmerican Energy reports that more than 17,000 customers have lost power in the Des Moines metropolitan area.

Alliant Energy reported a little more than 1,000 customers in Iowa were without power Tuesday morning.

Street flooding and downed power lines and trees have been reported in several communities.

by Associated Press/KCRG (2019, Aug 20 | Updated 2019, Aug 21)

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