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.
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Weiss said forecasters had warned residents to brace for twisters, and that may have led people to take precautions. "It was good forecasts and hopefully the warnings helped people today," he said.Skip to next paragraph
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"They did not strike towns directly as far as we know of," he added.
In northwest Iowa, a mile-wide tornado touched down near the town of Cherokee, cutting a 2- to 3-mile path through farmland but missing any population centers, the state Department of Homeland Security said.
The Des Moines Register also reported "major damage" to the high school in nearby Alta, Iowa.
“Parts of the roof are gone, the HVAC system has had significant damage to it, and the grounds around the school, the baseball field, have major damage,” said Aimee Barritt, the Buena Vista County emergency management coordinator. The storm also broke windows and damaged doors in the school.
"There has been some significant damage, but we don't have all of the details yet," he said.
In an 11-day period in May, Oklahoma was struck by two EF5 tornadoes, the strongest rating assigned to such storms. The first, on May 20, flattened whole sections of the Oklahoma City suburb of Moore, killing 24 people including seven children at a school.
The second, on May 31, was the widest tornado ever recorded in the United States at 2.6 miles (4 km). Nineteen people died in that storm. (Editing by Alex Dobuzinskis, Doina Chiacu and David Brunnstrom)