Multiple Tornadoes Touch Down In Northern Iowa

By: The Associated Press Email
By: The Associated Press Email

Multiple tornadoes touched down in northern Iowa Wednesday afternoon causing destruction and damage to homes and businesses.

The National Weather Service says spotters reported at least two tornadoes on the ground alongside one another near Hampton in Franklin County. Another tornado was reported near Belmond in nearby Wright County.

Stephanie Bond with Iowa Homeland Security and Emergency Management said officials in Wright County are reporting at least two businesses and a home were destroyed, but there were no reports of injuries or deaths. Bond said damage was also reported in Franklin County, near Alexander, Sheffield and Hampton.

Duwayne Abel, owner of Cattleman's Steaks & Provisions in Belmond, said the south side of the building is "pretty much demolished." Abel said no one was in the restaurant when the tornado hit. He said his wife and an employee were able to get away and seek shelter in the basement.

Alliant Energy said more than 1,200 customers were without power. Spokesman Justin Foss said it may take several hours for the electricity to be restored.

An unusually massive line of storms packing hail, lightning and tree-toppling winds is expected to affect states from Iowa to Maryland.

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