IOWA is mourning the loss of six people, two of whom are children under the age of five, after a tornado hit Madison County.
All the latest information on what happened in Iowa.
What category of tornado hit Iowa?
At 4:30 p.m. Saturday, March 5, an EF-3 category tornado struck Madison County, southwest of Des Moines.
This tornado has a speed of about 136 miles per hour.
Six people died, including two children.
States from Texas to Florida are said to be expected to expect tornadoes in March, with Iowa usually being hit by at least two.
Madison County Emergency Management Director Diogenes Ayalas said: “I think this is the worst thing that anyone has seen in a long time. This is a widespread storm.”
What Are the Different Categories of Tornadoes?
According to the Fujita scale, tornadoes in North America are classified into one of six categories: F0 through F5.
The Fujita Scale (or F-Scale) measures the damage intensity of tornadoes National Weather Service.
Another measurement system, known as the Enhanced Fujita Scale (or EF Scale), is a series of damage-based wind estimates.
The scale uses wind gusts of three seconds from the estimated damage location to determine a category for the natural disaster.
The measurements of the EF scale are as follows:
- 0: 65-85mph
- 1: 86-110mph
- 2: 111-135mph
- 3: 136-165mph
- 4: 166-200mph
- 5: Over 200mph
On the Fujita scale, category four and five tornadoes are considered violent. Two and three are strong, while one and zero are considered weak.
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Which cities were affected by the tornado in Iowa?
The tornado struck near Des Moines. It hit Madison County, and now the National Weather Service is also warning that a “large and extremely dangerous storm” is heading toward Pleasant Hill, five miles east of Des Moines.
They are urging people to take shelter after the tornado caused extensive damage to people’s homes, roads and pipelines in Madison County.
The sheriff’s office said: “Down power lines, stagnant water and debris blocking roads are creating dangerous travel conditions in this area and we are asking for the public’s support by staying clear of the area and allowing these agencies to operate unhindered.” .”
Meanwhile, Iowa Gov. Kim Reynolds offered her condolences: “Our hearts go out to everyone affected by the deadly storms that have hit our state today.
“Our hearts ache at this time, but I know Iowans will stand up and come together to help at this time of need — they already are.”
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