U.S.: Storms rip through Midwest as tornado destroys Iowa, leaving multiple deaths

U.S.: Storms rip through Midwest as tornado destroys Iowa, leaving multiple deaths

Multiple tornadoes were recorded across the state, with one allegedly destroying numerous 76-metre wind turbines in southwest Iowa. Some of the turbines caught fire, spewing plumes of smoke into the air and continuing...

A strong tornado tore through a small Iowa town on Tuesday, killing multiple people and injuring at least a dozen others. It left behind a desolate panorama of demolished homes and businesses, ripped trees, smashed automobiles, and widely scattered debris.

The tornado destroyed much of Greenfield, a community of roughly 2,000 people located 55 miles (88.5 kilometres) southwest of Des Moines, on a day marked by many tornadoes, large hail, and torrential rain across several states.

Iowa State Patrol Sergeant Alex Dinkla said authorities were still estimating the overall number, but they believed they had tallied all of the town's citizens.

Sergeant Dinkla reported at least a dozen casualties amid widespread devastation in Greenfield, including at the town's modest hospital. Patients needed to be moved to other clinics in adjacent cities.

The Adair County Health System announced on Facebook Tuesday night that it had established a triage centre at Greenfield High School and that anyone in need of medical assistance should go there.

Authorities said residents would only be allowed to enter Greenfield until Wednesday morning, and media representatives were asked to leave the city Tuesday night.

Multiple tornadoes were recorded across the state, with one allegedly destroying numerous 250-foot (76-meter) wind turbines in southwest Iowa. Some of the turbines caught fire, spewing plumes of smoke into the air and continuing to smoulder hours later.

Wind farms are designed to withstand tornadoes, hurricanes, and other strong winds. Turbines are designed to cut off when winds surpass particular limits, which are normally around 55 mph (88.5 kph). They also lock and feather their blades, and turn into the wind, to reduce strain.

A tornado was spotted just northwest of Red Oak in extreme southwestern Iowa, according to social media videos. Further east and north, the National Weather Service issued additional tornado warnings for locations around Griswold, Corning, Fontanelle, and Guthrie Centre, among others.

Iowa was already bracing for severe weather after the National Weather Service's Storm Prediction Centre predicted severe thunderstorms with powerful tornadoes across the state. Des Moines public schools postponed all evening programmes and terminated classes two hours early due to the impending storms.

Bob Oravec, lead forecaster with the National Weather Service, said the system is predicted to turn south on Wednesday, bringing more severe weather to sections of Texas, Oklahoma, Arkansas, and the southern Missouri.

Video credit: Associated Press

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U.S.: Storms rip through Midwest as tornado destroys Iowa, leaving multiple deaths

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