7 dead as tornadoes, storms swept through Iowa: officials


WINTERSET, IOWA (WHO) — Seven people were killed when powerful storms and tornadoes swept through Iowa on Saturday.

Officials say four adults and two children under five were killed when the town of Winterset, about 35 miles southwest of Des Moines, was hit by the storm. In addition, four people were seriously injured.

Madison County Emergency Management Director Diogenes Ayala said the tornado severely damaged between 25 and 30 homes.

“This is the worst thing anyone has seen in a long time,” he said.

Authorities have not yet released the names of those killed.

Adam O’Neal shared this video of the tornado as it neared his home. His farm on the south side of Winterset was hit directly, but his family was unharmed and his home survived.

Mike Borland, WHO’s chief photojournalist, was south of Winterset. He was able to get these drone footage of the crime scene.

About 60 miles southeast of Winterset in Chariton, one person was killed as severe storms continued to sweep through the state on Saturday.

On Sunday morning, the National Weather Service Des Moines reported that there were at least three tornado-producing thunderstorms in the state Saturday, but it is unknown how many tornadoes occurred.

Based on photos and video, NWS Des Moines believes the tornado that struck the Winterset area was a tornado at least one EF3. Survey teams will examine the damage on Sunday to gauge a potential assessment.

A final tornado count could therefore take days or weeks NWS Des Moines.

The Associated Press contributed to this report. 7 dead as tornadoes, storms swept through Iowa: officials

Russell Falcon

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