Mapleton Tornado

April 11, 2011 by USA Post 

Mapleton Tornado, The National Weather Service has conducted an initial assessment of storm damage that swept Mapleton, Iowa, on Saturday night.

The National Weather Service says the storm path length was 3.5 miles with a maximum width of 3 / of a mile.

The Monona County Emergency Management has estimated that 12 to 14 injuries as a result of the storm, according to the NWS, the worst of which was a broken leg.

EF3 storm is characterized by winds of between 136 and 165 mph.

Iowa – Jamy Garden house began to rumble with the approach of a tornado at measured three-quarters of a mile wide. Then, the windows shattered, spraying glass with it. Using your mobile phone as a flashlight, she fled upstairs and called her grandmother.

On Sunday, he returned home, visiting your backyard into a hoodie sprinkled with blood, her right hand and left knee wrapped in gauze. Around her were a tangle of tree branches, the coating twisted, broken glass and a canoe that was not theirs.

The tornado damaged the day before more than half of Mapleton, a town of, 200 in western Iowa, Mayor Fred Standa said Sunday. It is estimated that about 20 percent of the city was “almost flat.”

The huge trees, centuries-old city was named for had been taken from the ground and wrapped around the houses and threw it on top of cars, Standa said. In one case, a huge mobile home had been flipped on its side.

“It’s not a pretty sight,” said Standa. “It’s something no one has seen in this city.”

Garden house survived, but everything was thrown into everything. Her two dogs were safe, but she still had not found her cat.

“I do not know where our vantage point was,” he said. “Litter can do there, I was in the front yard. The ship is gone. I do not know what else to say. This is what I have been more tumultuous by far.”

The tornado destroyed to 15 blocks in the southwest corner of Mapleton when it got the attention of 19:20 Saturday, Monona County Sheriff Jeff Pratt said. The tornado destroyed about 100 houses beyond repair, and displaced an estimated 500 to 600 residents, he said.

The tornado was on the ground for three miles and a half is three quarters of a mile wide at one point, according to the National Weather Service office in Valley, Neb. The tornado was measured to be at the lower end of an EF3, which has winds of 136-165 mph.

The tornado was one of those reported in Illinois. The weather service said it had confirmed a total of four small tornadoes that touched down near the first and Nemaha, damaging several homes.

The storms moved to the nation’s midsection again Sunday, with some reports of tornadoes in Wisconsin, where several homes were damaged or destroyed. No injuries were reported immediately.

In Mapleton, the roof was ripped a high school, high voltage power lines were knocked down and houses and buildings were destroyed. Pratt said two people were taken to hospitals with minor injuries. The weather service said it had received reports of to 16 lesions, the most serious a broken leg.

Utilities were also damaged, and full of gas fumes in the city, prompting officials to cut off service. Pratt said the gas service will remain out for the next two weeks, but electricity should be restored in the next day or so.

The smell of natural gas hung thick in the air Sunday as forklifts and pick-up debris dragged through the streets lined with fallen trees.

Tamara Adams, 37, branches piled on the sidewalk next to the tree 30 feet high, resting on top of your home. She said she closed the basement door was the same as the tornado tore the roof of a store that is located diagonally from home.

“That sound,” he said. “I’ll never get my head around. He had a life. You can hear the breathing and grunting.”

Siebersma Terry, who runs a liquor store in the heart of his wife, was in charge of his shop when he heard the tornado sirens and saw the sky turn green. In the distance, saw the tornado vortex visible.

“It was almost like in the movies,” he said. “It was strong very strong.”

Siebersma said he rushed to the basement. Upstairs, he heard bottles breaking. Took a few minutes later, and the store looked well. He said he went to a back storage room and found the lack of roof and wall collapse.

“We are very, very lucky,” she said. “I almost feel guilty.”

Gov. Terry Branstad issued an emergency declaration covering Monana Mapleton and the surrounding County on Saturday for the state could deliver services to meet the storm, his office said. Mapleton toured on Sunday afternoon.

Branstad said it was too early to know if the tornado benefited from federal aid.

“All state resources are necessary, we will offer,” he said.

Monana County is in the same region of western Iowa, where four Boy Scouts killed in a tornado that hit a farm exploration in June 2008. The National Weather Service said the tornado that affected 1,800 hectares of Little Sioux Scout Ranch in the Loess Hills had an estimated wind speed of 145 kilometers per hour.

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