Iowa tornadoes cause massive damage, fatalities reported

At least six tornadoes were confirmed in Iowa on Tuesday resulting from a severe weather system that caused catastrophic damage and left multiple people dead.

Sergeant Alex Dinkla, public information officer for the Iowa State Patrol, says a large tornado directly struck the rural community of Greenfield,which is located about 60 miles west of Des Moines. “Sadly, we can confirm there have been fatalities,” Dinkla said. “Also, injuries have been sustained.”

During a press conference, Dinkla said the patrol believes they have everyone accounted for, but search efforts continue. “This tornado has devastated a good portion of this town and community,” Dinkla said. “With that much damage, we want to make sure we’re doing our due diligence of making sure we cover that area.”

National Weather Service meteorologist Allan Curtis tells Brownfield damage assessments are underway across several rural and agricultural areas of the state. “If anyone has been on social media or news outlets, certainly there are some very significant damage photos coming out of a number of communities.”

Curtis says survey teams have been in the field Wednesday determining the strength of the confirmed tornadoes.

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