Iowa tornado was one of five or six Friday (+video)
Iowa tornado: A series of large tornadoes - one tornado more than a mile wide - moved east from northeast Nebraska into northwest Iowa Friday.
A series of tornadoes, some about a mile (1.6 km) across, swept through the U.S. Midwest on Friday, causing a number of injuries and significant damage to homes and businesses, officials said.Skip to next paragraph
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Mile-wide tornadoes were spotted in western Iowa's Woodbury County and more than 150 miles (240 km) away in the small town of Plymouth, said Steven Weiss, chief of the science support branch at the federal Storm Prediction Center.
Large tornadoes moved east from northeast Nebraska into northwest Iowa, he said.
Several businesses were destroyed and highways in and out of the city were closed for a couple of hours after the storm, said Lee Wrede, a police dispatcher in Wayne.
Wrede said there had been a number of injuries but things could have been worse. "We were extremely lucky," he said. "A lot of things worked right."
Jodie Fawl of the Nebraska Emergency Management Agency said there were injuries in the state, but could not provide details. Multiple buildings and a softball field were damaged, she said.
"Most of the buildings damages are businesses and it was after hours, so hopefully we are OK there," she said.