Iowa Tornado A Mile Wide


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Tornados have touched down in Nebraska and Iowa as a storm with heavy winds moves across the Midwest. Midwest states may see thunderstorms, heavy rain, strong winds and even tornados. This Autumn storm is caused by cool wintry air mixing with unstable summer air, says meteorologists.

“It’s a very strong storm,” said Miles Schumacher, a meteorologist with the National Weather Service’s Johnston office. “There are a lot of dynamics involved.”

Pea-sized hail was reported in Moville, Iowa, where the National Weather Service said a mile-wide tornado touched down just before 7 p.m. Witnesses reported heavy rain and strong winds and extensive damage. One resident was helping his neighbor clear trees from his driveway that had fallen earlier in the day when he said he saw a wall of water coming his way.

“I saw a wall of water coming, and then the wind switched from the east to the south real fast. Then I decided it was time to go into the house,” he said.

Many homes in northern Iowa are without power, trees have fallen and irrigation units were reportedly flipped over after the storm and tornados. Many residents were still trying to locate their loved ones and assess the damages.

13 people were reported injured in Wayne, Nebraska where a tornado hit about 5:30 p.m. Many homes and softball fields were also damaged. Many people are trapped in their home or in other building and their are power outages, gas leaks and panic throughout Wayne.

"The tornado ripped through the east side of town" about three blocks from Wayne State College, Jay Collier, a spokesman for the college, told the Omaha paper. "We are doing everything we can to assist the city."

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