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.
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!