Western Cass County hit by the spring’s first severe weather system on Monday, including a confirmed tornado at Eagle that caused injuries and damage.
The Cassgram reports that the National Weather Service says the Eagle tornado occurred about 4:45pm. Emergency Management Agency officials reported eight injuries, five in one vehicle when an outbuilding blew into a car and three when a tree fell on a truck, according to the NWS report.
The car incident occurred in the 21000 block of A Street. The impact knocked the vehicle onto its top and some of the occupants were pinned for a time. Eagle Fire and Rescue responded.
No serious injury reports had been received.
The storm that produced the tornado began showing signs of rotation in the clouds near the Lancaster/Cass County line and raced northeast at 50 to 60 mph.
Several homes and buildings sustained damage. Power lines, trees and tree limbs were down on private property and on roads in area from Eagle to Alvo. County call logs show about 20 incident reports related to the storm.
Power outages were reported in Weeping Water, Manley and areas to the west in Cass County. Power was out for just over three hours in Weeping Water. There were spot outages in other locations too.
The skies cleared and clean-up began after 6pm Monday.