Iowa Sees Massive EF2 Tornado: 600-Yard Wide Twister Travels 26 Miles

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Des Moines County, IA – An EF2 tornado with an extraordinary width of 600 yards tore through southeast Iowa, traveling an extensive 26 miles from Houghton to beyond New London on Tuesday afternoon. 

According to the National Weather Service, the twister brought peak winds estimated at 130 mph, causing significant structural damage. In Henry County, a farmstead bore the brunt of the tornado’s force, with a roof torn from a brick house, collapsed walls, and a demolished garage. 

Despite the severity of the damage to homes and outbuildings, no injuries have been reported. 

The NWS praised local emergency managers for their crucial support during the damage survey.

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