Rural Iowa hit with two dozen tornadoes


Tornadoes were reported Wednesday in several eastern Iowa counties.

The area faces a low risk for severe weather today and only some scattered thunderstorms are expected Friday. Resident Dee Ossian, 66, told the paper she and her two grandsons were sitting on their porch watching the storms gather in the distance when, in a matter of moments, an apparent tornado formed over their home.

Tornadoes first broke out across southwestern Iowa earlier in the afternoon, but only minor damage was reported.

The small town of Prairieburg, Iowa, was the population center that sustained the heaviest damage, with several buildings on the southern edge of town badly damaged or destroyed.

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Another tornado reported near the Linn County Fair on the southeast side of Central City sent fairgoers to shelters.

Law enforcement reported significant damage to houses and multiple trees and power lines down 4 miles southwest of Spring Valley. No injuries were reported, according to officials. Homes and businesses were damaged and many were left without power. There were also reports of high winds and baseball-sized hail.

Dee Ossians was watching her two grandchildren at her home there when the funnel dropped. "I was scared for them - they were literally being blown across the yard".