Reports: 7 Dead After Tornadoes Rip Through Central Iowa


At least seven people, including two children, were killed when tornadoes ripped through central Iowa Saturday evening, according to reports.

Officials say the two children and four adults were killed in Madison County, while one person was killed in Lucas County, KARE11 reported. Four more were injured in Madison County. The deceased have not been identified.

A tornado killed 7 people, including 2 young children, and injured 6 others in Iowa on Saturday night, officials say.

— Ricky (@RickyG_TV) March 6, 2022

“Several tornadoes touched down throughout the afternoon and evening across central Iowa, leaving a widespread swath of damage from Winterset to Newton,” according to the outlet.

Tornado damage 2 miles SE of #Chariton #IA #IAWX @NWSDesMoines @whotv @BrettMcWx

— Chris |☇uball (@ChrisKuball) March 6, 2022

Additional damage pictures SE of #Chariton #IA after a #tornado. Family was home at time and is fine. Hearing reports of significant injuries in surrounding area. #IAWX

— Chris |☇uball (@ChrisKuball) March 6, 2022

One tornado touched down in Madison County at about 4:30 p.m., and Madison County Emergency Director Diogenes Ayala said it severely damaged between 25-30 homes, the Associated Press reported.

“This is the worst anyone has seen in a very long time,” Ayala said. 

A tornado in the Winterset area of Madison County appears to have caused “at least EF3” damage, meaning it was “severe” and brought winds between 136-165 MPH, according to the National Weather Service.

Initial interrogation of photos and videos from around Winterset suggests at least EF3 tornado damage occurred late Saturday afternoon. NWS survey teams will be out Sunday to thoroughly investigate the damage and further assess a potential rating.

— NWS Des Moines (@NWSDesMoines) March 6, 2022

Republican Gov. Kim Reynolds, who delivered the GOP’s response to President Joe Biden’s State of the Union address Tuesday, has issued a disaster proclamation for Madison County, allowing for “state resources to be utilized in Madison County to assist with response and recovery efforts.” 

Damaged home on SE 78th Street in Pleasant Hill.

— Lauren Johnson KCCI (@LJohnsonKCCI) March 6, 2022

“Our hearts go out to all those affected by the deadly storms that tore through our state today,” Reynolds said.

“Kevin and I join with Iowans in prayer for those that lost their lives and those injured,” she continued. “Our hearts ache during this time, but I know Iowans will step up and come together to help in this time of need—they already are.” 

Tornado SW Winterset @NWSDesMoines @WHOWeather I 1

— Roger Riley (@rogerriley) March 5, 2022

Resident Wendy Burkett told the Des Moines Register she was inside of her home with two of her three daughters at 4:15 p.m. when she received a call from her husband, who was working in a shed nearby. He alerted them of a tornado warning, and the pair met in the front yard.

“And then we saw it. The tornado,” she told the outlet. “There was debris flying around and it was getting louder and louder.” 

They quickly entered their walkout basement and laid on top of one another for protection from the whipping winds. In a flash the storm passed through, breaking pipes and flushing water into the home. 

“We didn’t have a scratch on us,” Burkett said, though she added the house they have had for 12 years was in tatters, with nearby trees covered with debris. 

“You should have seen it when it was still light,” Burkett told the Register. 

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