Updated: EF-0, EF-1 Tornadoes Confirmed in East Central Iowa Saturday

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The National Weather Service in the Quad Cities has released updated information regarding two tornadoes that affected portions of east central Iowa on Saturday afternoon.

The first tornado identified was in Delaware county, within the city of Delhi. This tornado began 3.5 miles southwest of Delhi at 4:18 p.m. and ended a minute later around the same spot. The estimated peak winds with this tornado is 90 MPH, making it an low-end EF-1 tornado. These winds are 10 MPH higher than originally given in the preliminary estimates. It was originally a 80 MPH EF-0, however the weather service upgraded this with the updated statement this afternoon. The maximum path width is 10 yards with a path length of a quarter mile. There were no fatalities or injuries.

A tornado moved across the southwest portion of Lake Delhi resulting in downed trees along the shoreline.

The second tornado identified was in Worthington of Dubuque county, only about 10 miles or so to the southeast of the previous. This tornado began at 4:43 p.m. 1.9 miles north-northwest of Worthington and ended three minutes later 2 miles north of Worthington. Estimated peak winds with this tornado is 70 MPH, also making it a weak EF-0 tornado. Maximum path width is about 25 yards with a path length of 0.8 miles. There were no fatalities or injuries.

A tornado damaged crops and blew off the roofing material of several farm outbuildings.


Note: the information in this statement is PRELIMINARY and subject to change pending final review of the event and publication in NWS Storm Data.

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