Widespread Damage Reported As Tornadoes, Severe Storms Move Through Central Iowa

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Near the Des Moines International Airport (‎Ashlee Cummings)

Near the Des Moines International Airport (‎Ashlee Cummings)

DES MOINES, Iowa – A powerful storm system moving through the Midwest brought widespread severe weather to Iowa on Wednesday. Several tornadoes, straight line winds and hail have been reported across Central Iowa.

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In Des Moines, a tornado was reported at the Des Moines International Airport by the control tower at about 3:30 p.m. The Air National Guard base at the airport suffered damage to several trailers. Power line and tree damage has been reported in neighborhoods surrounding the airport. More than 6,000 MidAmerican Energy customers in Des Moines lost power as the storms moved through.

Damage was also reported northeast of Des Moines. Metal roofing and trees were damaged near the intersection of Euclid and Delaware. In Prairie City strong winds damaged the roof at a gas station and another nearby business.

Several metro school districts didn’t release students for the day until the storms moved through. West Des Moines, Waukee and Ankeny School held students until about 4 p.m. once the severe threat had passed.

Witnesses: Tornado hit Knoxville

As the storms moved east, witnesses say a tornado struck parts of Knoxville. Structural damage was reported at the Walmart store where part of the roof reportedly collapsed. Several cars suffered damage in the parking lot. Injuries were reported after a semi was blown over south of town along Highway 14 as the storms moved through.

Industrial Park damaged in Corning

Adams County Emergency Management reported damage to several buildings in the industrial park, located on the west side of Corning. Several chemical tanks were overturned in the area. Witnesses said the damage was caused by a tornado moving through a narrow part of town. No injuries were reported.

 

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