Mile-wide tornado midwest : Nebraska town has injuries. Tornadoes swept through the Midwest yesterday, causing a number of injuries and significant damage to homes and businesses, emergency and weather officials said.
In Iowa, two large tornadoes perhaps as wide as a mile were spotted in Woodbury County and in Plymouth, Iowa, causing major damage in the early evening, according to preliminary reports by the National Weather Service.
As many as 13 people were reported injured by a tornado in Wayne, Neb., NBC News reported.
A hazardous materials team responded to a possible gas leak at the Van Diest Supply Co, an agricultural chemical distributor in Wayne County, emergency officials said.
In Iowa, Woodbury County Emergency Management Director Gary Brown said that several tornadoes touched down, destroying more than 20 homes and damaging 40 to 60 farms. There were no serious injuries, he said.
It was unclear how many tornadoes touched down in all, said Billy Williams, a National Weather Service meteorologist in Sioux Falls, South Dakota. The number of 18 listed by the weather service could include duplicate reports.
It is rare for tornadoes to strike in the fall. The most active season is usually in the spring or early summer.
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. Nineteen people died in the storms across a wide swath of Oklahoma on that day.
(Reporting by Brendan O’Brien in Milwaukee, and Greg McCune in Chicago; Editing by Jackie Frank)