Clean-up is underway in the southwest Iowa towns of Thurman and Creston following Saturday’s strike in each community by tornadoes.
An EF2 tornado that destroyed much of Thurman produced wind speeds of about 115 mph, according to an initial estimate from the National Weather Service.
The twister that tore through Thurman, touched down for 10 miles and left a half-mile-wide path of destruction according to the weather service.
The town has about 100 homes and virtually every one sustained at least some damage.
Reports say at least 14 homes in Thurman were destroyed, two-dozen more were heavily damaged.
In Creston, the storm and its damaging winds of up 130 mph hit around 7 p.m. Saturday, and according to early estimates from the National Weather Service was also rated F2 on the Fujita scale.
Fremont County Emergency Managment Coordinator Mike Crecilius says it’s a miracle there was no loss of life with the storm.
There’s damage to Creston’s hospital and to Southwestern Community College. Six people were reported hurt in Creston, one of them critically.
By Chuck Morris, KMA, Shenandoah
Creston pictures thanks to Brandon Lewis, KSIB, Creston