MASON CITY, Iowa (AP) — Assessment teams have confirmed that at least five tornadoes touched down in north-central Iowa. Officials say no injuries or deaths have been reported from Wednesday’s storms, which damaged homes, businesses and farm buildings.
One that hit within a mile of Belmond rated EF3 on the tornado scale, with winds of 155 mph. Meteorologists say its 200-yard-wide path ran for eight miles.
Another that came down near Belmond was rated EF0, which on the scale means the winds ranged from 65 to 85 mph.
A third tornado struck the ground about a mile north of Alexander, carrying winds estimated at 112 mph, damaging some farm buildings.
Two tornadoes reported near Hampton were rated as an EF1, with 90 mph winds, and an EF0, with winds up to 70 mph.