Deadly Tornadoes Leave Trail of Destruction Across Iowa, Illinois, and Wisconsin

Des Moines, Iowa – Tornadoes wreaked havoc across Iowa on Tuesday, claiming several lives before moving on to parts of Illinois and Wisconsin. Sgt. Alex Dinkla of the Iowa State Patrol confirmed the fatalities during a news conference, although details were not immediately provided.

One storm chaser lost her life when her car was swept off the road in Corning, as reported by the Des Moines Register. The town of Greenfield, located approximately 50 miles southwest of Des Moines, suffered significant damage, with one witness describing the scene as complete destruction.

The tornado that struck Greenfield has been classified as an EF4 strength by the National Weather Service in Des Moines, with possible refinements to follow. Residents, like Rogue Paxton, recounted their harrowing experiences, with one community member mentioning the loss of his brother’s home amidst the chaos.

Tragically, another storm-related death occurred in Adams County, Iowa. Additionally, video footage captured what appeared to be another tornado moving through Red Oak, Iowa, and farmland in Stanton, Iowa. Meteorologist Tony Laubach documented the tornado’s path across US-34 near Stanton, including the damage it inflicted on a home.

Near Prescott, Iowa, several wind turbines were destroyed by a tornado, leaving a trail of destruction in their wake. Thousands of residents in Wisconsin, Illinois, and Iowa were left without power following the severe weather event. In response, Iowa Gov. Kim Reynolds authorized a proclamation of disaster emergency for 15 counties to aid in the recovery efforts.

Governor Reynolds plans to visit Greenfield to survey the damage firsthand, emphasizing the state’s commitment to supporting affected areas. The aftermath of the tornado outbreak serves as a stark reminder of the power of nature and the resilience of communities coming together in times of crisis.