Tornadoes Rake Parts of Iowa in 2 Days of Severe Weather

May 28, 2020

At least four tornadoes raked parts of Iowa on May 26, the National Weather Service confirmed, to give the state a second day of severe weather.

All of the tornadoes appeared to be weak and in mostly uninhabited areas that caused little damage and no injuries, weather service meteorologist Roger Vachalek in Des Moines said.

“We had a little bit of wind damage in Mason City, too,” Vachalek said. “We won’t know the wind speed of these tornadoes until after the areas are surveyed.”

The first tornado was reported around 1:20 p.m. Tuesday four miles west of Waukee in central Iowa, where it touched down briefly and damaged a car dealership, Vachalek. The second occurred minutes later just east of Dallas Center. Later in the afternoon, tornadoes were reported simultaneously just northwest of Woolstock in northern Iowa and northeast of Adair in west-central Iowa.

The tornadoes Tuesday followed severe weather Monday, when a weak tornado briefly touched down in the Des Moines suburb of Johnston, causing minor damage. In eastern Iowa, high winds Monday night near Luxemburg lifted the roof off a barn and crashed it into another building, causing a fire in a hog nursery building that killed 300 hogs inside.

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