NWS: Van Buren County Twister Rated EF-3


The National Weather Service says the tornado that touched down in Van Buren County on Memorial Day was the strongest in Iowa so far in 2019.

The NWS gave the early-afternoon twister an EF-3 rating, with a peak wind speed of 140 miles per hour. The tornado touched down northeast of Cantril at 1:25 in the afternoon and stayed on the ground for 17 minutes, moving east and covering seven and a half miles. At its largest point, it measured 100 yards in width.

A house and a hunting cabin in Van Buren County were destroyed by the twister, although thankfully, there were no injuries. Six tornadoes touched down in Iowa on Memorial Day, but this was the only one to be rated stronger than an EF-1. In all, 28 tornadoes have touched down in the state this year.


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