Thursday night multiple tornadoes tore through central Iowa, causing damage in several towns. At least 17 people have been injured.
According to local authorities, so far no deaths have been reported. The hardest hit area was Marshalltown, a city of 27,000 people northeast of Des Moines.
In that area, brick walls collapsed in the street, roofs were blown off buildings and the cupola of the historic courthouse was thrown 175 feet to the ground, reported Fox News.
The hospital was also damaged, forcing all of its 40 patients to be transferred to neighboring hospitals in Waterloo and Grundy Center; however, the Marshalltown hospital’s emergency room remained open to treat patients injured from the storm, said Amy Varcoe, spokeswoman for the UnityPoint Health hospital.
Marshalltown resident Stephanie Moz said she, her husband and their 2-month-old baby heard the sirens go off when they were in a downtown department store. They heard “cracking and booms and explosions,” she said.
“We went through a tornado and survived,” said Moz. “I’m happy.”
According to Des Moines station KCCI-TV, the area will likely be designated a disaster area. Much of downtown and the surrounding homes were damaged.
“There are houses with windows out, houses without roofs,” said Iowa State Representative Mark Smith. “It’s just an absolute mess.”
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