ALBIA, Iowa – The tornado that moved through southern Iowa on Monday was a quarter-mile wide with winds of more than 140 MPH at its peak.
For more than an hour, the storm tracked through parts of Marion, Lucas, Monroe and Davis Counties.
The tornado touched down at 5:05 p.m. just southeast of Columbia in Marion County. Meteorologists said the tornado continued on its path moving briefly through Lucas County and entered Monroe County.
The tornado had estimated winds of 142 m.p.h. when it struck a home seven miles southwest of Lovilia. The home was severely damaged.
As the tornado moved to the southeast, it weakened to an EF1 and had estimated winds of 103 m.p.h. when it struck the Albia Hy-Vee store at about 5:50 p.m.
Meteorologists said the tornado then tracked from Albia to near Drakesville where it finally lifted at 6:08 p.m.
The rankings are based on the Enhanced Fujita Scale which is used to determine the strength of a tornado by examining damage.
No injuries were reported as the storms moved through.