(Des Moines) The National Weather Service tells KSOM/KS95 news that the tornado that ripped through the northwest edge of Creston Saturday night was rated as an EF2.
Jeff Johnson with the National Weather Service in Des Moines says a Damage Survey Team was at the scene Sunday and rated the tornadoes maxium wind speed at 132-miles per hour. The tornado had a width of 600-yards as it went through Creston and the length was approximately 14-miles.
Johnson says the investigation shows that the tornado developed just west of Creston and ripped through the northwest edge of the city at around 6:55 p.m. before it disapated northeast of the city of 7,800.
The twister caused significant damage to the Greater Community Hospital in Creston, the Southwestern Community Campus, destroyed the Creston High School bus barn and caused damage at the high school and middle school. The Tornado also caused significant damage to many of the homes on the northwest side of the city. Fortunately no one suffered any serious injuries.
The Southwestern Community College Campuses in Creston, Red Oak, and Osceola are closed Monday and Tuesday, due to the damage.
The fujita scale ranks tornadoes from EF0 to EF5. For example an EFO carries wind speeds of 40-to-72 miles per hour, EF1, 73-101 mph, EF3, 158-206 mph, EF4, 207-260, and the EF5, 261-318 miles per hour.
(pictured is one of the four Southwestern Community College campus dorms)
April 15, 2012