‘Catastrophic’ Tornado Causes Massive Damage In Iowa Town
A large-scale tornado event has reportedly occurred in Marshalltown, Iowa, causing what some are describing as “catastrophic damage.” The National Weather Service has also confirmed that the area was struck by a large tornado that caused extensive structural damage to the area. As it stands, there are injuries, however, the extent of those reports remains unclear as the news continues to break.
The tornado was reported as touching down at 5 PM local time. Reports of cars missing and large structures having been demolished by the storm are backed up by images and video of the incredible damage.
UnityPoint’s Marshalltown facility posted the following message on their Facebook page shortly after the tornado passed.
“UnityPoint Health – Marshalltown was struck by a tornado at approximately 5 p.m. today, July 19, 2018. There are no patient or staff injuries reported within the hospital but the building did sustain structural damage. Therefore, we are evacuating patients to UnityPoint Health – Waterloo and UnityPoint Health – Grundy Center and are unable to take incoming patients. The ER will be open to help triage patients.”
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— Nick Stewart (@NStewCBS2) July 20, 2018
Marshalltown Caseys 3rd Avenue pic.twitter.com/sJAOw52b2O
— Denice Pelster (@DenicePelster) July 19, 2018
My dad’s hometown of #Marshalltown, IA was devastated by this afternoon’s tornado. These are photos of RACOM on State Street, which provides radio communication to first responders. ???????????? pic.twitter.com/fpTx6UH313
— Stacey Readout (@StaceyReadout) July 19, 2018
Prayers go out to everyone in Marshalltown, IA tonight. A buddy just sent this video to me. The bar he records this from no longer stands. @ReedTimmerAccu @USTornadoes #Tornado pic.twitter.com/LXlHrN7lnV
— NLCustomFarmsLLC (@llc_nl) July 20, 2018
— AccuWeather (@breakingweather) July 19, 2018
Author: Jim Satney
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