Tuesday, May 27, 2008

weather Wednesday

You may have heard about the tornadoes that came through the Midwest this weekend. On Sunday afternoon, an EF5 tornado completley destroyed the town of Parkersburg, Iowa. It's gone. All gone. (this town is 101 miles north east of us here).

(what used to be the high school)

From the Des Moines Register today:

(aerial view of Parkersburg, Iowa)

National Weather Service personnel have rated the Parkersburg-New Hartford-Dunkerton tornado as a low-end EF-5 on the Enhanced Fujita Scale at the point of maximum damage.This is the first EF5 tornado in Iowa since the Jordan tornado of June 13, 1976.

“This was a violent and historic storm,” said Karl Jungbluth, science and operations officer for the weather service in Des Moines.Winds reached 200 to 205 miles per hour, he said.

grain bins

From News Channel 8 (KCCI.COM)
Officials said at least some of the people killed in Parkersburg were in their basements during the tornado. They died when their homes were sucked off their foundation.

State officials said Tuesday that a seventh person has died from storm-related injuries. Gov. Chet Culver said Tuesday that the person was critically hurt and died at an eastern Iowa hospital.

look at the difference


Please keep these people in your prayers. They need the strength and courage to go on, build again and reclaim their lives.

We have not had that severe weather here. We've been getting the front of the storms, with heavy rains, some thunder and lightening. It rained most of the day on Tuesday.
Our Mom and the MIG have lived here in Iowa all their lives and have never experienced a tornado....and we hope to keep it that way!

13 hi-fives:

Parker said...

That is just awful...
We hope you never see a tornado!

Tybalt said...

How horrible and scary! I hope you all stay safe from those nasty tornadoes.

The Meezers said...

oh goodness. that is so awful. we are glad you were not affected, but our hearts and prayers go out to all of those who lost everything.

Dragonheart & Merlin said...

How scary! We are purring and praying for all those affected. We hope you never experience a tornado!

Cheysuli and gemini said...

I am glad you all are safe. What a horrible storm.

Captain Jack and Sir Dante said...

We had not heard about these storms yet - OMG! How awful! We hope you kitties never have to see a tornado. They are scary and make Mommy very very nervous.

DEBRA said...

It felt like our hearts stopped when we learned about the destruction in Parkersburg. I am so fearful of tornadoes and we don't have them as strong here in Florida but we do get them often enough. Sunday begins our hurricane season with the threats of tornadoes more intense. I heard on the radio this morning that the midwest is set to have a historic number of tornadoes this season and that the scientists don't know why. WE hope that you continue to stay safe.

Purrs from all of us
Gracie and Mom Debra

Eric and Flynn said...

That is terrible. We heard about the tornado on the news, but your photos show exactly how devastating it is. We are glad you are safe and pray you continue to stay safe.
Our thoughts and prayers are with all those who have lost their loved ones and/or their homes.

Daisy said...

I am very sorry for all of those affected by the tornadoes, and very thankful that you are safe. It is the start of the hurricane season here soon, so I know how scairty it can be.

Lux said...

Storms are very scary! I'm glad you're all safe.

Skeeter, LC, and Ayla said...

A town gone? That's jus horrible. We is purring fer the beins and their pets...

Kelly Cat said...

What a disaster... it's times like these that the best and the worst in humans can come out. We are glad the storm didn't hit your area.

wxman said...

That tornado was really a devastating one..It did ripped off the homes and take lives of some individual..Nature can really be that furious..My thoughts for the community out there who was been the victim of this severe weather..Hope for fast recovery of the town..