Officials: Storms kill 8 in
More tornadoes strike midsection of
The Associated Press, May. 26, 2008
DES MOINES, Iowa - Powerful storms packing large hail, heavy rain and tornadoes made for a deadly Memorial Day weekend across the nation's midsection, killing at least seven people in
Iowa Homeland Security administrator Dave Miller said seven people were killed Sunday by a tornado in northeast Iowa five from Parkersburg, a town of about 1,000 some 80 miles northeast of Des Moines and two from nearby New Hartford. At least 50 injuries were reported.
"Occasionally we have a death but we have warning system. Seven deaths. It's been a long time since we've had those kinds of injuries and deaths reported," Miller said.
Witnesses reported parts of
Iowa Gov. Chet Culver issued a disaster proclamation for Black Hawk, Buchanan and
The storms came after three days of violent weather across the nation. Rural
Tim Halback, of the National Weather Service, in
The hazy weather now stretches from northwestern
Severe thunderstorm warnings were issued early Monday for
At least 20 people were unaccounted for Sunday in
A 2-year-old child was killed and the child's sibling was critically injured, Washington County Sheriff Bill Hutton said. The children's parents also were hospitalized with injuries sustained in the family home.
"It's horrible," Ericson said. "The citizens are very shook and scared." Gov. Tim Pawlenty announced plans to meet with city officials and tour the storm-ravaged city on Monday.
Roughly 300 to 400 homes were evacuated in the storm-damaged area because of concerns over hazards including downed power lines and leaky gas lines, Ericson said.
Protecting his family
The city set up a shelter at an elementary school, but American Red Cross spokeswoman Courtney Johnson said all but one of the families was able to find a place to stay with friends or relatives.
Hugo Public Works Director Chris Petree said his family took shelter in the basement before the storm lifted his house off the ground and completely wiped out the second floor.
"I put my daughter down first, my wife on top of her and then I bear-hugged on top of them," Petree said.
As he huddled in his basement against a foundation wall with his wife and 2 1/2-year-old daughter, Petree said they heard the thunderous sound of their house coming off the ground.
"All you hear is glass breaking and wood tearing and breaking in half," Petree said.
The National Weather Service issued a tornado watch about for 45 of
At least three weak tornadoes touched down in the Texas Panhandle. There were no reports of injuries or building damage across the sparsely populated region, meteorologist Jason Jordan said.
About 100 people have died in
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