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Tornadoes Ravage Lowa, Leaving Destruction Across The State Causing Chaos And Loss

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On Tuesday, powerful tornadoes hit Iowa hard. These big violent tornadoes caused a lot of damage and sadly some people lost their lives in rural areas.

Tuesday was a tough day for Iowa as powerful tornadoes struck with force. These large, violent tornadoes brought significant damage and sadly lives were lost in rural areas.

Fewer than 5% of severe weather alerts receive the Particularly Dangerous Situation tag. This tag shows that forecasters are very worried about the upcoming severe weather outbreak.

The severe weather outbreak mainly focused southwest of the state capital resulted in multiple fatalities. One Iowa resident reportedly lost their life when a powerful supercell tore through Corning in Adams County. Additionally, at least two people were killed in the Greenfield area.

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Search and rescue crews have completed their efforts and don’t believe anyone is still missing after the storms. However, they anticipate needing at least one more day to accurately assess the total impact of the severe weather outbreak.

Reports indicate several additional people were injured during the tornadoes that swept across the state.

Iowa on Alert: Tornadoes Spotted Across State

On Tuesday afternoon, more than a dozen tornadoes were spotted swirling through western and central parts of Iowa, leaving a trail of destruction in their wake. The tornadoes touched down in areas including Red Oak, Carbon, Corning, and Greenfield.

It also causing significant damage to infrastructure and homes. Reports indicated that power lines were downed, wind turbines were toppled and houses were battered by the powerful winds.

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In Greenfield one of the hardest hit areas a particularly alarming sight was witnessed as a wind turbine caught fire amid the chaos and eventually collapsed its massive structure lying in ruins near the ground. This dramatic scene unfolded in Prescott Iowa located southwest of Des Moines.

The communities affected by these tornadoes are now facing the daunting task of cleanup and recovery in the aftermath of this destructive weather event.

The FOX Forecast Center detected debris on radar from two tornadoes that hit Carbon and Corning. Debris was reported thrown up to 15 miles from the tornado that struck Greenfield Iowa.

Greenfield with a population of about 2,000 people sits at the core of Adair County Iowa.

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Videos captured people sifting through wreckage left by a massive tornado. Forecasters noting the intense activity on radar suspect the tornado ranked high on the Enhanced Fujita Scale for wind intensity.

The south and east areas of Greenfield, particularly near the local medical center bore the brunt of significant damage.

Most of this town is gon there’s no other way to put it. Most of this town’s gone expressed FOX Weather Exclusive Storm Tracker Brandon Copic.

PowerOutage.us indicated that over half of Adair County faced power outages in the aftermath of the severe storms.

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Monster Tornado Strikes Greenfield Iowa

In the aftermath of the severe weather, first responders blocked roads leading into and out of Greenfield to prevent nonresidents from entering the community.

It came up pretty quickly. The storm was moving at 50 to 55 miles an hour. So they’re coming in quickly. People had a decent warning and thankfully 99% of the people that we had talked to had a good reaction to that warning and took shelter explained Copic.

In addition to Greenfield’s devastation, parts of the Des Moines metro faced a Tornado Warning on Tuesday afternoon. Near Des Moines, a powerful wind gust of 71 mph was recorded at the Newton Municipal Airport.

Meanwhile, outside the severe storm zone, Central Illinois grappled with its own weather challenge as a Dust Storm Warning was issued. Reduced visibility affected areas around Champaign and Decatur, prompting caution.

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Survivor Recalls Tornado’s Roar

Valerie Warrior, a lifelong Iowa resident, recounted the moments leading up to the tornado’s arrival in Greenfield on Tuesday. She said her first indication of trouble was receiving texts from family members.

I went downstairs, got my cat and took shelter in the furnace room. I held onto my cat tightly, trembling, and then I heard the sound like a train warrior shared with FOX Weather.

Warrior described how the storm, though brief, wreaked havoc in Greenfield. Within just a minute, windows shattered, trees toppled, and the entire landscape of the small town was forever altered.

There’s houses down and flattened next to me and all over the place. My house got hurt. It got some damage to the roof, with the front porch, windows are out and the back garage got a hole in the roof, but nothing compared to the devastation all over town Warrior recounted.

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In the aftermath, the National Weather Service (NWS) office in Des Moines announced plans to survey the damage over the next few days to assess the tornado’s strength.

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