ADAIR, Iowa – One person has been killed and another injured in a reported tornado that touched down early Wednesday morning just south of Adair near the Adair and Guthrie county border.
The National Weather Service says there was a report of a tornado around 1:33 a.m. A team from the NWS will assess the damage Wednesday to determine whether it was from a tornado or straight-line winds.
The Adair County Sheriff’s Office says it received a 911 call at 1:56 a.m. reporting an injury and possible fatality due to an unconfirmed tornado at 1088 Elk Avenue in Adair County, which is just about ½ miles southeast of the Adair city limits.
When first responders arrived they found 78-year-old Harold Brownlee suffering from serious injuries. He was flown by air ambulance to a Des Moines hospital. Seventy-four-year-old Linda Brownlee was found deceased.
Bob Kempf, the Emergency Manager for Adair/Guthrie counties says the NWS will be on site Wednesday, "Right, at this point we don’t know if it was straight-line winds, microburst or tornado, they’ll be here to do their site survey and once we get that done then we’ll have a better idea of what caused the damage. We do have one house that’s destroyed and we do have two other residences that received minor damage and several outbuildings, basically within a two-mile stretch here north and south along Elk Avenue."
The storm took them by surprise Kempf says, "Oh absolutely, we had had a severe thunderstorm warning out for a possibility of some high winds and a possibility of some hail, but didn’t anticipate anything like this."
Debris from the farmstead landed on I-80 at mile marker 77 and a semi was reported in the ditch at the same location.