Muscatine County Emergency Management Director Jeff Carter was out late last night and early this morning surveying the storm damage. He says there’s a line that’s probably three miles long that has damage, then the tornado popped up and went for another mile. A mobile and house were destroyed.
Carter says one person died in the mobile home, but he says everyone else appears to have made it through safely. Carter says he doesn’t know of any other injuries. Carter says the identity of the person who was killed hasn’t been released yet.
He says it appears there was more than one tornado, as the damage path heads in one direction and then the line of damage ends and picks up in another direction. He says it turned over a semi on Highway 70, and then it goes one mile south.
Carter says the one tornado may’ve veered to the south, but he says it’s likely there was more than one because he says tornadoes don’t generally make a 90-degree turn. Carter says there were several power lines down in the city of Muscatine, but he believes the power was restored by this morning.