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Newton Family Narrowly Avoids Tornado

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NEWTON, Iowa -- Storm surveyors with the National Weather Service confirm an EF0 tornado touched down Sunday night between Newton and Kellogg in Jasper County.

It only damaged crops, but several people narrowly avoided the storm.

When a funnel cloud emerged from the dark sky just east of Chris Larson's farm in Newton, she grabbed her camera.

"It was really close when the funnel started dropping,” Larson told Channel 13 News.

At one point, the funnel was just 200 yards from the back deck she filmed it from. Larson briefly stepped inside, but never stopped rolling. Despite the proximity of the storm, her mind was at ease.

"If there was any debris, I would have been worried. There was no debris airborne,” said Larson.

The funnel cloud ended up heading southeast leaving a trail of crop damage, but sparing nearby farms.

Larson got to cross an item off her bucket list without leaving her house, and no one having to pick up the pieces.

β€œTo see it in person was an awesome, mesmerizing experience,” said Larson.

Storm surveyors will head to Jasper County Tuesday trying to determine the precise path of the tornado.

Jasper County Emergency officials recommend people take cover when tornado warnings are issued.