Tornado Kills Seven People, Including Two Children, in Iowa

Seven people, including two children, died in a tornado in Iowa on March 5 night, according to officials.

The two children who died were under the age of five, Madison County Emergency Management Director Diogenes Ayala said in a press conference.

Six people were injured, one of which was hospitalized with life-threatening injuries while three others were in serious condition, Ayala said.

The National Weather Service office in Des Moines said that images from the damage suggest it was at least a EF3 tornado, with wind speeds of at least 158 miles per hour.

Ayala estimated there was serious damage to over two dozen homes.

“This is worst tornado damage I’ve seen in Madison county, worst anyone has seen in quite a long time,” Ayala told reporters.

Iowa Governor Kim Reynolds issued a disaster proclamation for the county late on March 5, allowing state resources to be used in response and recovery efforts.

Additional counties may be added to the proclamation, the statement from Reynolds’ office said.

In nearby Lucas County, one person had been killed and another was seriously injured, Emergency Management Coordinator Mike Lamb said.

Lamb also said that multiple people were injured.

Two people were also injured in Polk County, the sheriff’s office said in a statement.

NSW had warned of severe weather across south-central Iowa and northern Missouri, including wind gusts, tornadoes, and large hail.

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