Weather Service Confirms Oakland Tornado

The National Weather Service has issued a preliminary report on Tuesday night’s storm indicating that an EF-2 tornado touched down near Oakland, Iowa.

According to a Weather Service report released Thursday, there was a large area of intense hail and wind damage across eastern Pottawattamie County.

Winds exceeded 100 mph in some areas. A roof was taken off one home, sheds and barns were flattened and a four-mile stretch of high tension power poles were bent. Several trees were blown down.

In addition there were swaths of very large hail damage to homes and businesses. Within this swath of wind and hail damage, a short-track tornado was detected.

The Oakland tornado had peak winds of 115 miles per hour and tracked across a 2.9 mile stretch.

This brief tornado started 8.25 miles west northwest of Oakland downing numerous trees. The tornado headed east-southeast and then hit a farmhouse and destroyed a garage, a barn and severely damaged several other sheds.

The tornado ended 5.75 miles west of Oakland and destroyed a farm shed and toppled numerous trees before dissipating.


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