Luckily we didn't get the brunt of it...heck of a storm here last night

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    At least 7 dead in tornado near Waterloo, Iowa

    UPDATE: PARKERSBURG, Iowa — At least seven people were killed and dozens more injured Sunday afternoon as a tornado ripped through a rural area northwest of Waterloo.

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    Julie Rottinghaus looks on while surveying the damage to her Dunkerton, Iowa, farm after two tornados ripped through the area Sunday. (AP Photo)

    The storm hit just after 5 p.m. and leveled the southern half of Parkersburg, a town of about 1,900, and also hit the nearby town of New Hartford. Parkersburg is about 165 miles northwest of the Quad-Cities and 35 miles northwest of Waterloo, Iowa.

    Eyewitness Dan Summerhays, of Waterloo, who took shelter in the bathroom of the Pizza Ranch restaurant in Parkersburg, said there is devastation from the tornado. Most of the town’s high school also was destroyed.

    “There are at least 300 to 400 homes gone. I mean leveled, right to the basement,” Summerhays said.

    Butler County Sheriff Jason Johnson said the town of Parkersburg was closed for the night and set to reopen at 6 a.m. today. This means residents also will not be able to enter the town.

    The Iowa National Guard will be on standby to protect the town, he said.

    Summerhays was driving through Parkersburg on his way to a graduation when he saw the tornado form and “drop out of the sky.”

    He turned his truck around and stopped at the Pizza Ranch, where he saw a group of people looking skyward at the tornado. They all ran into the Pizza Ranch bathroom.

    “All of a sudden the lights went out. I was looking out of the door of the bathroom and I seen my truck go flying by. Then all of a sudden, the building just collapsed on us,” he said.

    He said there were about 12 people in the bathroom, including young children and employees of the restaurant.

    “Parkersburg suffered devastating damage, including at least four major businesses, a large number of homes and its high school,” said Holly A. Fokkena, Butler County auditor.

    The tornado then continued its path east and destroyed the Sinclair Elevator, a rural grain elevator complex valued at more than $2 million. Also destroyed was a large anhydrous ammonia storage tank, forcing the evacuation of a large number of rural residences.

    Power outages were widespread.

    Sunday evening, Iowa Gov. Chet Culver issued a disaster proclamation for Black Hawk and Butler counties.

    “Early reports indicate that Parkersburg and surrounding areas have sustained significant damage after a possible tornado touched down earlier today,” Culver said. “The coming hours will provide more information, but state government stands ready to do whatever necessary to support local emergency management efforts and help those affected recover quickly.”

    The tornados were part of a line of severe storms extending from Wisconsin and Minnesota to Oklahoma.

    The National Weather Service in Chicago reported a tornado was spotted in the northwestern corner of Illinois near Galena.

    At least 20 people were unaccounted for in Minnesota after a swift storm blew through the St. Paul suburb of Hugo, damaging about four dozen homes,

    A 2-year-old child was killed and the child’s sibling was critically injured and taken to Regions Hospital in St. Paul, Washington County Sheriff Bill Hutton said. The children’s parents also were hospitalized with injuries sustained in the family home.

    Nancy Newhoff is editor of the Waterloo Courier, a Lee Enterprises newspaper. The Associated Press also contributed to this report.

    Earlier story: The eastern Iowa region and some counties in northwestern and north-central Illinois — including the Quad-City area — are under a tornado watch until 3 a.m. Monday, according to the National Weather Service.

    A state official says seven people were killed and dozens more injured as a storm ripped through a rural area in northeastern Iowa.

    The storm, which hit just after 5 p.m. Sunday, leveled the southern half of Parkersburg, a town of about 1,000. The National Weather Service confirmed a tornado struck Parkersburg.

    Iowa Homeland Security administrator Dave Miller says that of the seven dead, five were from Parkersburg and two were from nearby New Hartford. At least 50 injuries were reported.

    Miller said state officials are still assesing damage and that more injuries and fatalities are possible.

    Steve Kuhl, meteorologist with the National Weather Service, said that the Quad-Cities can expect showers and severe thunderstorms overnight, with the possibility of flooding or flash flooding.

    “A storm system with a cold front is approaching now, and that’s what got us under the tornado watch,” Kuhl said. “We have reports of tornados northwest of here, in Buchanan County and Delaware County” (in northeastern Iowa). Crews will complete an on-site damage survey to determine whether the damage was caused by tornados, Kuhl said.

    There’s a 50 percent chance of thunderstorms Monday, with highs in mid-to-upper 70s, he said, with more showers Monday night.

    Skies will clear Tuesday, with temperatures warming into the middle 70s by Thursday, he said.

    By 9 p.m. today, officials in Parkersburg, Iowa, had set up a triage unit to deal with possible injuries after a tornado swept through the town doing significant damage to buildings and homes in town and rural areas just outside of town.

    Ambulances and first responders from several area towns were headed to Parkersburg, which appeared to bear the brunt of a late afternoon storm system that raked northeast Iowa. Shortly after 7 p.m. some of those injured in the storm arrived by ambulance in Waterloo.

    “We will have in a few minutes six people transported in,” said Jim Waterbury, a spokesman for Allen Hospital.

    Waterbury said the injured people came from nearby Grundy Center, Aplington and Eldora. He said the injuries were mild to moderate.

    “It looks like most of them are fractures and broken collarbones,” he said. “One is in critical condition.”

    The tornado was a part of a strong storm system that hit northern Black Hawk County and parts of Bremer and Butler counties about 5 p.m.

    A tornado also struck the nearby town of Dunkerton, with reports of homes damaged or destroyed in both cities, as well as buildings in rural Black Hawk County.

    Officials have opened Parkersburg’s elementary school for evacuees.

    Power lines have also been knocked down in the area, leaving many residents without power.

    A dispatcher with the Bulter County Sheriff’s department said in a brief interview that damage to a grain elevator near Parkersburg that may have caused an anhydrous ammonia leak.

    Parkersburg is a town about roughly 1,000 in northeast Iowa. Nearby Dunkerton has fewer than 800 residents.

    The National Weather Service was tracking conditions throughout central and eastern Iowa that were conducive with tornados.

    (Quad-City Times reporter Linda Cook and The Associated Press contributed to this report.)

    Earlier story: The eastern Iowa region and some counties in northwestern and north-central Illinois — including the Quad-City area — are under a tornado watch until 3 a.m. Monday, according to the National Weather Service.

    Steve Kuhl, meteorologist with the National Weather Service, said that the Quad-Cities can expect showers and severe thunderstorms overnight, with the possibility of flooding or flash flooding.

    “A storm system with a cold front is approaching now, and that’s what got us under the tornado watch,” Kuhl said. “We have reports of tornados northwest of here, in Buchanan County and Delaware County” (in northeastern Iowa). Crews will complete an on-site damage survey to determine whether the damage was caused by tornados, Kuhl said.

    There’s a 50 percent chance of thunderstorms Monday, with highs in mid-to-upper 70s, he said, with more showers Monday night.

    Skies will clear Tuesday, with temperatures warming into the middle 70s by Thursday, he said.

    By 9 p.m. today, officials in Parkersburg, Iowa, had set up a triage unit to deal with possible injuries after a tornado swept through the town doing significant damage to buildings and homes in town and rural areas just outside of town.

    Ambulances and first responders from several area towns were headed to Parkersburg, which appeared to bear the brunt of a late afternoon storm system that raked northeast Iowa. Shortly after 7 p.m. some of those injured in the storm arrived by ambulance in Waterloo.

    “We will have in a few minutes six people transported in,” said Jim Waterbury, a spokesman for Allen Hospital.

    Waterbury said the injured people came from nearby Grundy Center, Aplington and Eldora. He said the injuries were mild to moderate.

    “It looks like most of them are fractures and broken collarbones,” he said. “One is in critical condition.”

    The tornado was a part of a strong storm system that hit northern Black Hawk County and parts of Bremer and Butler counties about 5 p.m.

    A tornado also struck the nearby town of Dunkerton, with reports of homes damaged or destroyed in both cities, as well as buildings in rural Black Hawk County.

    Officials have opened Parkersburg’s elementary school for evacuees.

    Power lines have also been knocked down in the area, leaving many residents without power.

    A dispatcher with the Bulter County Sheriff’s department said in a brief interview that damage to a grain elevator near Parkersburg that may have caused an anhydrous ammonia leak.

    Parkersburg is a town about roughly 1,000 in northeast Iowa. Nearby Dunkerton has fewer than 800 residents.

    The National Weather Service was tracking conditions throughout central and eastern Iowa that were conducive with tornados.

    (Quad-City Times reporter Linda Cook and The Associated Press contributed to this report.)

    Earlier story: PARKERSBURG, Iowa — Officials in Parkesburg have set up a triage unit to deal with possible injuries after a tornado swept through the town doing significant damage to buildings and homes in town and rural areas just outside of town.

    Scott County is under a tornado watch until 3 a.m.

    Ambulances and first responders from several area towns were headed to Parkersburg, which appeared to bear the brunt of a late-afternoon storm system that raked northeast Iowa.

    Shortly after 7 p.m. some of those injured in the storm arrived by ambulance in Waterloo.

    “We will have in a few minutes six people transported in,” said Jim Waterbury, a spokesman for Allen Hospital.

    Waterbury said the injured people came from nearby Grundy Center, Aplington and Eldora. He said the injuries were mild to moderate.

    “It looks like most of them are fractures and broken collarbones,” he said. “One is in critical condition.”

    The tornado was a part of a strong storm system that hit northern Black Hawk County and parts of Bremer and Butler counties around 5 p.m.

    A tornado also struck the nearby town of Dunkerton, with reports of homes damaged or destroyed in both cities, as well as buildings in rural Black Hawk County.

    Officials have opened Parkersburg’s elementary school for evacuees.

    Power lines have also been knocked down in the area, leaving many residents without power.

    A dispatcher with the Bulter County Sheriff’s department said in a brief interview that damage to a grain elevator near Parkersburg that may have caused an anhydrous ammonia leak.

    Parkersburg is a town of about 1,000 in northeast Iowa. Nearby Dunkerton has fewer than 800 residents.

    The National Weather Service was tracking conditions throughout central and eastern Iowa that were conducive with tornados.

    Earlier story: PARKERSBURG, Iowa (AP) — A tornado touched ground in rural northeast Iowa, with reports of possible injuries and damage to a grain elevator that might have caused an anhydrous ammonia leak.

    A dispatcher with the Butler County Sheriff’s department said in a brief interview that authorities were investigating damage to a grain elevator and some reports of injuries.

    She said there was some damage to Parkersburg, a town of about 1,000 in northeast Iowa, and rural areas outside of town, but did have any more information.

    The National Weather Service was tracking conditions throughout central and eastern Iowa that were conducive with tornados.

    A large tornado was spotted roughly 8 miles northwest of the Cedar Falls area in northeast Iowa.

    According to the weather service, the storm is extremely dangerous and moving east at 34 miles per hour and is expected to be near Cedar Falls and Janesville by 5:30 central time and Waterloo and Denver by 5:40 p.m. central time.

    The National Weather Service is advising anyone in the area to seek shelter in a basement or an interior room and to stay away from windows.

    KWWL-TV reported witnesses saying a tornado had touched down in Parkersburg, in northeast Iowa, causing some damage.

    A tornado watch will remain in effect until 10 p.m.
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    Denny Mills flew the area with his paraplane and took these photos.




    Here are pictures of tornado destruction of Parkersburg, Iowa and Sinclair, Iowa from pilots Galen Eilderts and Galen Isley:



    http://picasaweb.google.com/generaldcmills/ParkersburgTornado/photo#s5204893272879008178



    Galen Eildert's place is about 5 miles west of Parkersburg and was untouched.



    Tony Beadle's home is on the SE corner of Parkersburg, and possibly spared because the tornado came in the SW corner of town hitting the cemetary. The 165 MPH winds crossed Hiway 57 and then headed east along the north side of the hiway to Sinclair 2 miles east of Parkersburg. No details from Tony yet.



    The tornado continued east the 7 miles to New Hartford, hitting the Deere Ridge addition & cemetary on the north side of town where Mike Schlamp's nephew lost his home.



    Possibly the same tornado continuing east or just high winds messed up a cemetary and a RV sales business another 12 miles on the north side of Cedar Falls, though winds clocked at the Waterloo airport were in the 80's.



    Four died in Parkersburg, and 2 in New Hartford, the Sunday before Memorial Day.
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    DCD,

    Last night was no walk in the park here either. Besides the fear of a tornado, waited up till 2:30 this morning for warnings...we have now 4+ inches of rain, and the fields are a mess with all the newly up plants. There will be alot of replanting at a LATE date here at least. This is one of the worst parts of being a farmer. The weather really does mean alot. Hope you are all OK. Best reguards Kirk
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    It's shaping up to be a bed season for tornados
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    Glad you're ok. Our thoughts and prayers go out to those involved in the storms.
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