Tornadoes Strike Bondurant, Marshalltown and Pella; Extent of Damage Unknown


Vehicles damaged by tornado at Vermeer in Pella.

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Update: Governor Kim Reynolds provides the latest information she’s gathered from across the state at the Emergency Management Center.

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Update: Authorities in Pella say seven people were injured in today's storm.  Their injuries are described as minor.  Vermeer Corporation will not be open on Friday.

Update: Here is video from Drone 13 over the Vermeer facility in Pella today.  Numerous injuries are reported at the plant.

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UPDATE: A curfew is in place for the city of Marshalltown tonight at 9:00pm.  Marshalltown Police say it is necessary to get people off the streets to allow for cleanup and recovery from the tornado.

IOWA  --  A series of sudden and severe storms tore through Central Iowa on Thursday afternoon, carving a path of destruction through Bondurant, Marshalltown, Pella and other Iowa towns.

The storms broke out with little warning around 2:30pm when two funnel clouds were spotted near Altoona.  Those clouds would develop into a tornado that tore through a residential area in Bondurant.  There is widespread damage in the town but no reports of serious injury yet.

From there the storm system moved east and gathered strength.  The next major target of the storm was Marshalltown.  The powerful storm cut through the center of town.  The spire was ripped from the top of the historic courthouse and brick buildings were crumbled.

As that tornado tore through Marshalltown another tornado touched down in Pella.  The storm made a direct hit on the Vermeer plant.  Police have confirmed a number of people were injured in the storm.  The number of injured persons and the extent of their injuries is unknown.  Videos shared on social media show the parking lot of the plant littered with twisted metal and cars stacked on top of each other.

The State of Iowa has opened its Emergency Operation Center.  Governor Kim Reynolds is there tonight and is being briefed on the latest from the storm.

This is a developing story.  Please check back for updates.


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