Published: Fri, July 20, 2018
Worldwide | By Gretchen Simon

Tornado outbreak in Iowa causes catastrophic damage

Tornado outbreak in Iowa causes catastrophic damage

Around 400 people had gathered at the company's facility in Pella, Iowa, to celebrate the company's 70th anniversary when the tornado alarm went off, the Des Moines Register reported.

The storm carried east of Des Moines past Altoona, Prairie City and Colfax.

Some buildings at the Iowa Veterans Home in Marshalltown sustained roof damage, but no residents or staffers were injured at the facility that houses almost 500 people, according to Timon Oujiri, the facility's commandant.

A National Weather Service report cited missing and overturned vehicles, tops of buildings gone and broken power and gas lines in Marshalltown at 4:55 p.m. Several dozen children at a daycare center in the Marshalltown Coliseum were brought to the basement before the roof of the building was torn off.

Central Iowa was the scene of a "sudden" tornado outbreak on Thursday, resulting in some breathtaking videos and photos capturing the terror of multiple funnels that spun through the state.

A state of emergency was declared in Marshalltown, Iowa, where the National Weather Service reported "catastrophic damage".

She said other nearby buildings including The Orpheum, a theatre built in 1948, also are damaged.

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Seven more people were injured after a tornado slammed into an agricultural machinery plant in Pella, about 40 miles southeast of Des Moines.

In one of the worst incidents, 13 people were injured after a twister tore through a factory in Pella.

'This morning, it didn't look like tornadic supercells were possible, ' Krull said.

Alliant Energy says more than 5,800 customers remained without power in Marshalltown Friday.

The company is yet to assess the damage. People were still working at the plant at the time. Smith said much of downtown was damaged.

Pella Police Lt. Shane Cox told television station KCCI-TV that some people from the plant were taken to a hospital, but he didn't know the extent of injuries or the number of people. Vermeer CEO Jason Andringa said those sent to the hospital had minor injuries; they were later released. "It's just an absolute mess".

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