Tornado Totals Two Farms In Northwest Iowa

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Tractors were turned over, trees were snapped in half, and debris was scattered everywhere. Two farms are totaled near Melvin, IA.

“The houses were both standing. A lot of the out buildings like I said are down… combines, tractors, cars,” Dan Bechler, Osceola County Emergency Manager, said.

Weather officials say an EF-2 tornado is responsible for the destruction.

“This one here intensified very quickly just west Rushmore, MN last night. It continued to travel Southeast into Northwest Iowa,” Todd Heitkamp, National Weather Service, said.

The twister was packing winds speeds up to 125-miles an hour.

“It’s been a long time since we’ve had a tornado of this strength come through this area. To come through and do a damage survey with no injuries and no deaths, I think we can all be very grateful with that,” Heitkamp said.

Officials are now working cleanup up and round up missing cattle.

70 cows wandered off after the storm. Some have already been found in nearby cornfields.

“They have two planes up and a ton of drones looking for cattle,” Bechler said.

There’s no word yet on the cost of damage for farm owners, but the emergency manager says the community is prepared to step up where they’re needed. 

They have a lot of help from family and friends so they’re just coping,” Bechler said.

First responders are blocking roads that lead to the destruction. They’re advising drivers to stay clear of the area.  

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