Thursday, June 29, 2017

Photos: Prairieburg, Iowa, hit by tornado as damaging storms sweep through central US

By Brian Lada, AccuWeather meteorologist and staff writer
June 29,2017, 12:50:36PM,EDT
A damaging tornado moved through Prairieburg, Iowa, late Wednesday afternoon as severe storms tracked through the region.
Severe thunderstorms broke out across the central United States on Wednesday afternoon and evening with many of the storms focusing on Iowa.
A large and extremely dangerous tornado was located near Prairieburg around 7 p.m. CDT Wednesday, according to the National Weather Service (NWS). The NWS issued a Particularly Dangerous Situation tornado warning for this storm, the second highest level of tornado warning that the service issues.

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A tornado near Central City, Iowa, on Wednesday afternoon before it tracked through Prairieburg, Iowa. (Photo/Twitter user @zglas10)

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A photo of storm damage in Prairieburg, Iowa, after a tornado tracked through the town. (Photo/Twitter user @dunkss41)

Damage has been reported around the area with the worst damage occurring on the south edge of Prairieburg, according to the Linn Country Sheriff.
At least one person suffered injuries in Prairieburg, according to KCRG-TV.
Non-severe thunderstorms moved through the town immediately following the tornado, making the initial cleanup and damage assessment difficult.
A tornado was also reported near Central City, Iowa, where the Linn County Fair is taking place. No injuries were reported, according to officials.
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Trees were snapped just west of Central City, Iowa, from severe thunderstorms. (Photo/Twitter user @zglas10)

Tornadoes first broke out across southwestern Iowa earlier in the afternoon, but only minor damage was reported.
A severe storm moved through Des Moines, Iowa, with damaging wind gusts, leaving around 3,000 electric customers without power around the city, according to MidAmerican Energy.
Severe storms also hit portions of Minnesota, Wisconsin and Illinois with an 80 mph wind gust being measured west of Dodgeville, Wisconsin and a 70 mph wind gust being measured northwest of Milwaukee, Wisconsin.
At least 27 tornadoes were reported on Wednesday across Iowa, Wisconsin, Missouri and Minnesota, according to the Storm Prediction Center.
Another tornado touched down in Pierce County, Wisconsin, on Wednesday, injuring one person. The tornado touched down around 4 p.m. CDT between Ellsworth and Spring Valley, Wisconsin. Several houses had significant damage.
Severe weather poised to impact central Plains into Thursday night
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Significant storm damage in the Prairieburg, Iowa, area. (Photo/Linn Country Sheriff)

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A tornado that tracked near Stuart, Iowa, on Wednesday afternoon. (Photo/Twitter user @JudgeMarina)
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A tornado that touched down near Stuart, Iowa, on Wednesday afternoon. (Photo/Twitter user @BrandonLaBrie)
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Another storm approached Prairieburg from the west following a damaging tornado. Homes and businesses were damaged and many were left without power. (Photo/Linn County Sheriff)

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