Published: Fri, July 20, 2018
People | By Neil Grant

Tornadoes leave paths of destruction through Central Iowa

Tornadoes leave paths of destruction through Central Iowa

There were no immediate reports of injuries, but there were reports of several tornadoes in the area, about an hour northeast of Des Moines.

Tornadoes touched down in central Iowa, displacing families, hospital patients and causing destruction across multiple counties.

Video showed the tornado taking off the iconic cupola of the Marshall County Courthouse, a limestone building on the National Register of Historic Places.

One of the factory's several manufacturing buildings sustained extensive damage with metal strewn across the parking lot and across the street into a cornfield.

Clothing store owner Stephanie Moz and her husband were eating lunch with their 2-month-old baby when the twister approached, so they took shelter in the basement of the business, she told the Associated Press.

The emergency room in the smaller Marshalltown hospital remained open to treat patients injured in the storm, Varcoe said. All 40 of the patients at UnityPoint Health were being transferred to the health system's larger hospital in Waterloo as well as one in Grundy Center, she said.

Lt. Shane Cox with the Pella Police Dpartment says there were a number in the town that were sent to the hospital.

The heart of Marshalltown was the hardest hit by the tornado. All were released after being treated at Pella Regional Hospital, a hospital spokeswoman told the AP.

He said emergency responders are attempting to get inside the damaged building to see if anyone is trapped there. But she said she's relieved.

Several of the videos recorded by people near Des Moines are attached to this story.

The storm carried east of Des Moines past Altoona, Prairie City and Colfax.

"This morning, it didn't look like tornadic supercells were possible", said Alex Krull, a meteorologist with the service in Des Moines.

Marshalltown experienced overturned and missing vehicles, damaged buildings, and downed trees and utility lines, Omaha's WOWT reported.

Another tornado damaged houses in Bondurant, about 15 miles from Des Moines, according to CNN affiliate WOI.

National Weather Service meteorologist Rod Donavon said two primary storms spawned the series of damaging tornadoes.

Additional funnel clouds were reported further north near Iowa Falls.

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