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Tornadoes rip through Iowa; 7 people injured

Tornadoes rip through Iowa; 7 people injured

The National Weather Service relayed reports of "catastrophic damage", with overturned vehicles and tops of buildings "gone". Many of them were without power; Alliant Energy reported 6,800 homes and businesses were without electricity.

Ten people injured in the storm had been treated by 7 p.m. Thursday, she said.

At least 10 people were treated at UnityPoint Health in Marshalltown after a tornado struck the area, about an hour northeast of Des Moines.

"With any severe weather outlook, there's the possibility of tornadoes; we know that", he said.

Authorities said a hospital was evacuated and there were some injuries from the storms.

Vermeer CEO Jason Andringa said those sent to the hospital had minor injuries; they were later released.

The town of Pella, some 44 miles from Marshalltown, suffered significant damage when a storm smashed an agricultural machinery plant.

Iowa State Rep. Mark Smith, who lives in Marshalltown, told Des Moines station KCCI-TV that the area likely will be declared a disaster area.

Tornado damage in the downtown area of Marshalltown
Tornadoes rip through Iowa; 7 people injured

A storm system moving eastward across central Iowa is generating several tornadoes.

The city had activated its tornado siren and most staff were in underground shelters when the storm hit, but huge sheets of metal were left scattered through a auto park, ripping a hole in the side of a building, overturning cars and piling them onto others.

Minutes earlier, a separate tornado hit the Vermeer Corp. plant, a farm and construction equipment manufacturer near Pella, injuring seven.

A weather forecaster had predicted large hail fall, but the tornado took them by surprise.

Several buildings are reported damaged by a tornado in the main business district in Marshalltown, including the historic courthouse.

Additional funnels were reported as the storm moved east of Des Moines past Altoona, Prairie City and Colfax.

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

Several funnel clouds developed Thursday from the thunderstorm as it moved north of Des Moines near Bondurant.

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