Devastating Tornadoes Cause Destruction In Iowa

Evarado Alatorre
Julio 20, 2018

Sirens wail. The area is littered with overturned cars and twisted debris crumpled on top of each other after a tornado ripped through Pella, Iowa, one of several that tore through the state on Thursday.

City Administrator Jessica Kinser said the damage forced Marshalltown officials to declare a state of emergency.

The National Weather Service had issued a tornado warning Thursday afternoon for eastern Marshall County and southwestern Tama County.

Varcoe said all 40 of its patients were being transferred to the health system's hospitals in Waterloo and Grundy Center. A spokesperson was unsure of the severity of the damage.

Several homes in the city of Bondurant suffered damage, according to KCCI-TV. Ten people hurt in the storm had been treated, she said.

Another tornado hit agricultural machinery maker Vermeer Manufacturing, where some people were still working, in the town of Pella, about 40 miles southeast of Des Moines.

A collapsed wall in one of the damaged homes ruptured, causing a major gas leak for more than an hour until a hole could be dug in the yard to shut off the line.

There were reports of damage and tornadoes on the ground in Iowa. Seven people were sent to the hospital with minor injuries and have all since checked out of the hospital.

Devastating Tornadoes Cause Destruction In Iowa
Devastating Tornadoes Cause Destruction In Iowa

Linda Parker, a spokeswoman for the Iowa Department of Homeland Security and Emergency Management, said seven people were treated at the scene with six taken to hospital.

"Everyone is advised to stay away from downtown Marshalltown until further notice", she said in a statement.

National Weather Service Meteorologist Jeff Johnson in Des Moines says several tornadoes were confirmed but no serious damage was immediately reported.

"This morning, it didn't look like tornadic supercells were possible", Krull said.

'If anything, we were expecting we could get some large hail, if strong storms developed'.

McFarland Clinic posted on Facebook the Marshalltown Main Street building was damaged, but there are no reports of injuries to patients or staff in the building.

The first was Bondurant , which had at least 12 damaged houses, upended trees and downed power lines.

The National Weather Service has declared a tornado emergency for Marshalltown, a town in Marshall County with almost 30,000 residents.

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